Eliminating all School and College Sports Programs?

Marin County is one of the richest counties in the U.S. Novato may cut its entire sports program to save $6 million. What if every school and college cut its sports programs? Is this a good idea or a bad one?

Marin County’s Novato Unified School District alarmed parents with a proposal to cut its entire sports program to help save $6 million over two years, which would affect about 75% of Novato’s 8,600 students. “When the community heard about the possible cut, they freaked out,” said Superintendent Jan La Torre-Derby, who adds that “it’s not set in stone yet.”

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65 Responses to “Eliminating all School and College Sports Programs?”


  1. 1 quiche February 10, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    I think its a bad idea because these programs actually keep us out of the streets and it gives us discipline. I love sports! I wrestled and played badminton and would like to continue it when i transfer to a UC. Its taking out the skill we might be good at. Moreover, it provides students with scholarships and shows how we can balance our education while playing sport. The society talks about how much kids aren’t playing outside enough or aren’t fit, then eliminating school programs isn’t justifiable. Just because they want to save 6 million don’t mean they can take sports away from students. Sports can lead students into a full ride to college or what not so its a terrible idea to eliminate sport programs.

  2. 2 C to the K February 11, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    Although I think the idea of cutting a school’s entire sports program is a bad idea when looking at an individual school, it could possibly make sense if a county needed the money more than they needed a sports program. In this case, it seems the people of Marin County are making a selfish decision to deprive kids and young adults the right to a school with exercise and athletic events. It may not technically be a law that schools provide atheltic pursuits, but it would be borderline harsh to te students already on the teams to be shut off from that type of athletic competition. I believe many schools would see a considerale decrease in school population size, as the prestige or options that a school may offer in the athletic department can often be a determining factor in a decision to attend a school. In short it is a bad decision for school officials of Marin County to eliminate the sports program of local high school and college students beause that would shut down an importnat aspect of a school’s identity, bring down the moral in students, and cause a decrease in the population size of those schools. These sacrifices would be made just so the rich residents and officials of Marin County could gain more unecessary wealth.

  3. 3 mrrodenas February 11, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    The severe impact of our state’s financial situation on public education makes us face a very classic dilemma. There is no money for everything, so some program, service, area has to be sacrificed. What will it be? What is the trade-off we are facing in this case?

    I agree with “C to the K” that “Mens sana in corpore sano” should be the motto and that without team sports the educational experience will not sustain an integral, well-rounded, and holistic approach to human development.
    However, the bottom line is that the educational mission of school districts cannot me accomplished without teachers, supplies, counselors, or paraprofessionals supporting instruction. If facing unavoidable cuts, teachers and other academic basics would be my last choice. Parents could take the opportunity to promote family activities after school or on weekends toward active and outdoor-oriented interactions with their children and between their children and their friends.

  4. 4 Dennis K February 11, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    I am actually shocked also to learn about this. Marin County is known to be a pretty wealthy area. It would indeed have a negative outcome if all sports programs are to be cut since they are keeping kids off the streets after school. How would the students that depend on sports scholarships be able to get into college if they no longer have a place to practice?
    They can maybe cut half of the sports, I think cutting it off completely is a bit extreme. I hope the county figures out an alternative.

  5. 5 NVC Storm February 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    There is no way Marin County can cut the sports program out of schools. A plethora of young kids love to play sports and it is also a great way of exercise. It keeps kids out of nasty bad habits and a bad lifestyle. Playing on a team sport is one of the greatest things a young kid can experience. It teaches them how to socialize and get along with others. Also they get to make some friends while they are competing. There has to be a different solution to this problem; this is keeping the kids out of trouble and most of all they are having fun.

  6. 6 Samantha Arnold February 11, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    I think it is bad cutting all college sports programs. Some of the main reason why kids go to college is because they get a scholarship for the sport that they excel in. Also a lot of athletes go to a community college hoping that they getted picked up by a college in those two years you are at a JC. I think that a lot less students would attend college if we took all college sports away. Also by having sports teams they raise a lot of money for their school like football and basketball games raise a lot of money for their school. I think it would be a terrible idea.

  7. 7 B's February 11, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Cutting all sports programs is one of the worst methods the school district leaders could have come up with to save money. First off, sports programs keep students busy after school, which is very important for students at such an impressionable age. Students that do not participate in activities after school, like sports programs, are at greater risk for failure in the future. Secondly, sports programs keep students physically active. This point may seem insignificant when thinking about saving 6 million dollars for the education system, but one must take into account the epidemic of childhood obesity that is sweeping the nation. For one to even think about cutting after school sports programs would be not only wrong but directly harmful to the students’ health. Lastly, there are other ways educational leaders could save money. I know of students in the public education system that are provided with two sets of books; one for home and one for school. This seems like an obvious area that money could be saved. Money could also be saved by focusing one’s attention to the basic education of each student, and not trying to over spend tax payers’ money on lavish school architecture.

  8. 8 janeth f. February 11, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    This is such a BAD idea! They’re smart people, they can come up with a better solution. Or anything else. These programs and sports is what kids look forward to. My little brother plays in a soccer team and i know for a fact he would be crushed if they took that away from him. A sports team or an after school program is like having a family away from home. It brings teenagers together and helps them in the future. Don’t they see that if they make this cut it wont give them any hope? If they do make this cut I know there’s going to be a lot of angry and sad teenagers and parents.

  9. 9 Khaled Aboudamous February 11, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    Sadly with the economy as atrocious as it is a lot of privileged curriculum is going to be stopped at a Holt of our possession, but it is real unfortunate and brings sadness to my face to think sports are on the decline first. I understand the basic principles and fundamentals of recession but to target College Sport Programs at an up rise first is bogus. As a High School student growing up the process of maturity was not a walk in the park, if it weren’t for High school sports holding my hand through, then I would view the Nation, better yet the World with a different angle. Stop this uncalled for procedure and focus your bashful minds elsewhere on school grounds.

  10. 10 Rachel Sturm February 12, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    It seems like the school district wants students to drop out of school. Many students stay in school only for the sports or arts programs in hopes to get scholarships later on for college. if the entire marine school district cuts sports, what will the students do after school? Will gang and drug activity go up? School adtenance go down? Cutting the sports program will just be the start of many problems to come.

  11. 11 Ricardo Olmos February 12, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    The idea of cutting out sports programs is’nt a very well thoght plan. If a district was to cut out sports there would be not extra curricular activities for students to participate in. Sports are more than community events, they help students focus on school, thinking of a college throgh expiriences. The county of Marin should think of other options to save the 6 million dollars that they would eventually save in that two year period. If sports are cut more students will be roaming the streets looking for something to do. Crimminal activity is shure to go up because sports programs provide a sence of responsibility. Sports are important in any school private ore public.

  12. 12 O'King Kohl February 12, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Eliminating all sport programs and art programs is bad for any school or college. Since these are the programs that help get students to do outdoor activity and would have a colossal impact on the students. Even now, when I was in high school it was very difficult to do either sports or art programs since the schools were cutting them and the only way to support the programs was for the parents to fork over more money. In addition to cutting the afterschool programs, it can also have a big effect on the professional sports. Football, basketball, tennis, and more would begin to almost completely wipe out the sport since would stop playing them and less and less people would come up to replace the one that were retiring. Overall, I believe that cutting back after school programs is a very bad way to deal with the budget crisis and would hurt the economy more than help it.

  13. 13 Btorres February 12, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    I think its a bad idea to cut its entire sports program in schools and colleges. It’s going to save money, in the other hand is going to lose a lot of students from all schools and colleges. I think the sports in every school motivates students and also help them to have a good health.

  14. 14 dionico arechiga February 12, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    I think this is a bad idea playing sports is fun and healthy for all of us. I played soccer for napa and madenew friends and had lots of fun. It also thought me how to manage my time with practice school and work. Playing soccer keapt me busy thought the semester and I had less time to mess around and be out on the streets .

  15. 15 Quique February 12, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    I believe that this is bad idea. Although it may save millions of dollars, the individuality that a kid has in school is being taken away. I played soccer when I went to High school and I know that for some kids sports was a very good reason to stay in school and work hard at the same time. For some people if you take school away you dont leave any extra curricular activities for kids to look forward for. I personally dont believe it is worth it because by cutting sports, we could see a drastic change in how kids look at school.

  16. 16 Leonardo R. February 12, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    I don’t belive that that is the best idea they could come out with. The main purpuse of school is to keep kids educated and out of trouble. we need to remember that this are the time when people don’t have money and they will try to get what they need how ever they can it does not matter the cost or the trouble that they could get into especialy if they do it for they family. I’m talking about this is when kids learn bad things and start taking thing from store and other places with out paying. In a way the county needs to things if it is better to have people in school costsing them money or having people on the streets costsing them trouble.

  17. 17 Jeff Petroff February 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    I think that it would be a bad idea to get rid off all the sports programs. Sure it will cut some spending, but that just means that people will have to commute to a different county to play sports. I think that there has to be another way that they could cut spending. I think sports brings in so many positives to the county when it comes to support and community, and an entire county without sports would change things for the worse.

  18. 18 BeuWolf256 February 12, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Cutting the sport programs isn’t going to solve anything. Yea it’ll help close the gap, but it will just creat new problems. Like a few people have said, sports help keep kids active, and also out of trouble. You take away the sports, they’ll have nowhere to go nor have anything to do. It also harms the sport talented kids from getting in the major leagues, let alone getting scholarships. When the sports and afterschool programs are no longer available, they’re just going to star getting into trouble. The law inforcment is having a hard time keeping things under control. And also there is alot of kids that need be more physically active, because of obesity is out of control. So much for “No Child Left Behind”.

  19. 19 Jordon Lovett February 12, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Taking sports out of schools is a wrong thing to do no matter what its costing. When students do not have sports in their curriculum, they do not have opportunities to learn skills that teams teach such as team work and responsibility. Also, sports keep a lot of kids active and give them goals to reach while they are in school. If school were to remove all sports programs they would be eliminating the possibility for talented students to obtain scholarships and are also getting rid of the core social environment in most schools. What are the kids gonna do for homecoming etc.? Its a bad idea, no matter how many teachers are keeping their jobs because of it.

  20. 20 Kelli C February 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    I think it is a bad idea to cut sports programs in schools. Without even the option of participating in a sport they will not be able to experience the camoraderie of being on a team with other people. They will not get the chance to put any sports down as extra curricular activities that they have participated in when applying to colleges and will therefore also miss out on pontential scholarships. Sports is a productive way to spend time, and without it kids will more likely get into drugs and alcohol. Sports also teach kids how to better manage their time, preparing them for the future. We have to be careful what budgets we decide to cut. Like I read in the rest of the article, budget costs will lead to halting of highway projects, closing classrooms, the lay off of workers and less monitoring of sex offenders. The budget cuts will lead to a lower standard of living like we discussed in class.

  21. 21 Gaby Corona February 12, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Personally I believe that eliminating sports programs from schools is not a good idea. Sports programs provide many positive things to students, such as a healthy hobby. Obesity is a severe case that is overtaking young children throughout the United States. Taking sports away, will just increase the number of obese children. The more time they spend practicing sports, the less time they spend being trouble makers. Less time to do drugs and join gangs. Sports are also a way for kids to express their own personality, for many kids sports might seem more important than their academic life, yet they have to have a certain grade point average to stay on the team. This encourages the kids to do better academically and enjoy the sport they love, this shouldn’t be taken away from them.

  22. 22 Tom Jones February 13, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    In today’s society we are in a recession, which Marin County believes that cutting their sports programs is ok to save 6 million dollars. I agree with saving money and helping out the county, but I do not agree with depriving young children of sports programs. Many young childrens hero’s and idols play sports and they to want to live that dream of the future baseball or basketball player. Also a prominent problem in the United States is obesity. By taking away sports this can only fuel the fire. Money is hard to come by in county’s across the United States, but to abolish sports programs in the county high schools to obtain that money is wrong.

  23. 23 Walter Munill February 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Personally I feel that cutting sports programs is a terrible way for schools to help cope with the costs that they incur. I have heard from friends that are still in high school that now have to personally pay for buses and rides to games. If there were no baseball program at my high school I would never have been able to go to college because my family isn’t able to pay for tuition in it’s entirety. Along with that many colleges look to extra curricular activities when deciding whether or not to admit a student. There must be another way to help with the debt that the public school system is in, but cutting sports seems absurd.

  24. 24 Heidi11 February 13, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    While it is understandable that Marin County is looking for ways to save money in these turbulent times, cutting sports programs for high schoolers is not the answer. The ramifications of such action will be felt by all of the young people who depend on sports for their college education, or who will be deprived of the wonderful learning experience that comes from participating in an activity that demands time management, team work, and discipline. Rather, the legislators in Marin might first look to cut their own salaries before they punish the innocent youth of the County, who will surely need a college education in order to help pay off the incredible debt the country will be left with in the aftermath of this economic crisis.

  25. 25 jenna s February 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Marin County has not taken into consideration the serious repercussions of eliminating sports programs. This may seem like the easiest way to reduce costs and save money, but one must look closely at its effects on the community. Without sports programs, students will be inactive, and will lose outlets to develop their physical and interpersonal skills. Sports and other physical activities are part of a balanced life. They help students learn how to be responsible and work as a team. In addition, sports programs give students the opportunity to go to college. Many students rely on scholarships to get a higher education. The community as a whole will also be effected if sports programs are cut. Attending sports game is a way to promote community involvement and camaraderie. These programs also keep crime and drug use levels low. Sports teaches people to take pride in their health and keeps them off the streets. Without sports programs, the budgets for other community programs such as the police, social workers, and city officials will have to increase. Cutting school sports programs is certainly no the way to cut costs.

  26. 26 Lucas Tirelli February 15, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    I don’t think that eliminating schools and colleges sports programs is a good solution to face the crisis. In fact, an important number of student athletes will transfer to other schools in that case, because sport is an important part of their life. As a result, the school will have less students, which also means less money for the school. Furthermore, sports does not only help a lot of students to stay healthy, but also to create contact with other people, which may be very helpful in the future.

  27. 27 Lucas Tirelli February 15, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    I forgot to say that some of the athlete students use their scholarship for a higher education. If they lose it, they may just get out of college and forget about their education.

  28. 28 SMCecon February 15, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Eliminating high school athletic programs is one of the most upsetting ideas during the economic money crunch. The effects of cutting athletic programs extends much further than the obvious fact that students will no longer have an after school competitive outlet.
    I understand that the educational mission of the school districts must be met but education will undoubtedly suffer if athletic programs are cut. Kids are more likely to spend more time hanging out on the streets and getting into trouble when they are “bored” and academic performance will suffer. Athletics teaches time management. As a college athlete I always get better grades during season because I am forced to get my work done during an allotted time frame. Out of season I, along with many other athletes, tend to procrastinate and the quality of work suffers.

  29. 29 Melissa Schmitt February 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    I think that eliminating sports is a horrible idea. Although it save the government and the schools alot of money, the consequences of elimination the sports programs would be worse. Sports allow students to get the opportunities for college scholarships and to attend schools that they could not attend without the excellence in a sport. Students also to better in class when they participate in sports because it teaches them discipline.
    It is understandable that the school board is considering eliminating sports with the worsening of the economy, but there has to be a better option. I feel like if there is a possibility of teachers loosing jobs, then maybe eliminating some programs or some of the minor sports might be considered. Some sports like football contribute money to the school. Hopefully the Novato school board will find a better option than eliminating all sport programs.

  30. 30 wordtown February 15, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    I think this would take a lot away from students. The creativity that students could express in sports would be stripped from them. Students wouldn’t meet the people they do if it wasn’t for sports. It’s sad to see that this actually on people’s mind and hopefully they re-think about the future.

  31. 31 The chosen one February 15, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    I don’t think this is a good idea because it would ruin a big part of high school. Atleast for me sports was important. I got to meet a lot of people and it kept me in shape and out of trouble. Also it wouldnt be good for athletes because it would ruin their careers in their sport.

  32. 32 Andrew Curry February 16, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    I think that this is a ridiculous idea to save money. i think that the school administrators can come up wiht a much better way of saving some cash.for a lot of teens, sports is an excellent way of keeping them off the streets. now im not saying every athlete is a criminal, but if there are no sports alot of teens will hae tons of extra time and will have to find somthing to do. and this might not always be the best way. Also what about kids that are plannig on getting sports scholarships. some people cant afford school and are counting on those scholarships to help out. Over all i think that is is a terrible idea and i hope for that countys sake that it doesnt go through.

  33. 33 Michael DeBoer Micro St. Mary's February 16, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Cutting all sports programs in Marin County’s school systems is indeed a terrible idea. Yes, it will save the county’s schools 6 million dollars but what else could the schools do to cut their spendings besides deleting their sport programs? Spending less on sports is one option (without getting ride of it completely). This could mean less expensive equipment and even less expensive facilities would be an appropriate response. If they do decide to erase all sports programs from the schools, I think Marin County will see an increase in over weight children which is the last thing any County wants.

  34. 34 Marilyn Monroe February 16, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    By cutting sports out of the picture for Marin County’s schools; students will begin to rebel. This is a TERRIBLE idea because students use sports as a way to keep themselves busy, physically fit, and out of trouble. By limiting or completely destroying their extracurricular sports will cause students to use their time poorly. Many students use sports to get scholarships to go to college. By getting rid of sports many futures will be tainted. As for me, I love playing tennis! If I was not able to play tennis in high school then I would not be able to be as skilled as I am today. Marin County should reconsider getting rid of the sports programs and come up with a better solution. A solution that does not affect the student’s future.

  35. 35 samandrews February 16, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Obviously this is a big issue, seing as 30 plus people have an opinion on the issue.
    I’m not really a sports person, but that doesn’t make me bias on the issue. I still see how cutting those programs would have a negative impact on peoples’ lives. Not only students, but faculty as well. This cuts jobs for the educators in those departments. It also could possibly destroy scholarship chances kids have with college through their sport, not to mention limit the outlet they use to channel their talent. I know the education system need to make cutbacks, but where do we begin? Who is expendible?

  36. 36 Ivy Quilala February 17, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    I think that the ratio of teachers to kids in the schools that weren’t closed down are going to affect the education these children get. Sports programs are important for the overall health and life for children. I for one would be upset to see a sports program be deleted from my daughter’s school because I know that it gives her a way to stay out of trouble and enjoy something other than the countless amounts of homework she recieves. Even on the weekends. I would rather have sports cut out of a schools budget than to see the whole school close down. My husband told me the other day that the school he attended in Richmond was one of the schools they decide to shut down. I don’t remember the name of it though. The other school these children are forced to attend he says he hated. It going to be hard too because many of the schools the children are going to have to attend are out of walking distances and there are not going to be extra buses assigned to these areas to do pick ups and drop offs. Some parents may have a hard time adjusting their schedules for work or may not have lots of family members to help them out. I was surprised when one of Novato’s schools was going to be closed to. I always hear from friend’s or people I meet at the carwash of how nice the city is and that it’s a great place to raise children. They say that the education system in Novato is focused on helping children succeed and they have special programs and a good athletic department. I hope american canyon’s schools never have to face that.

  37. 37 bhumikad February 17, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    i think its a bad idea to cut sports from schools because sports keeps students active. school is not only about education, sports also has big roll in it. school and colleges is the only place where students can play sports freely if colleges cuts sports then where these students gonna play?..

  38. 38 Kit-t-Kat February 17, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Cutting sports to improve financial situations is a trade off many don’t want to face. Before cutting sports program the county should consider, what will happen if sports were eliminated in all schools? Increase in crime and reckless behavior could arise thus counties will have to spend the saved money or cut more programs for money in order to combat criminal activity. Will students feel their right to life has been violated. Will this cut bring about the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. The costs and benefits of cutting the program should be weighed.

  39. 39 woltmon February 17, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Wow, Its a really bad ideah. Kids need things they can do to keep them busy, and out of trouble, and there is also the kids who are really talented at sports, it can take them a long way in life. For someone to cut sports all together to save some money is harsh.

  40. 40 Jay Surface February 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    I like the idea of trying to save money in these times but this is not the answer. Cutting sports programs, or other after-school activities will hinder these kids. America has one of the biggest obesity problems in the world. What do they think cutting this program will do? Promote more unhealthy lifestyles of sitting on the couch playing Xbox or Playstation while eating unhealthy foods.

  41. 41 Mva89 February 18, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    I think cutting the sports programs in school is a bad idea. Not only do the sports programs make the students stay fit, but is can be a very essential part for a secure future. For example, many students rely solely on their sports scholarships to go to college. Sports is good for a lot other stuff as well, it helps students create social networks and also helps decreasing the rate of depression and other problems that teenagers deal with today. If Novato cuts its entire sports program, I am almost certain we will see a lot more crime and drug and alcohol abuse. I also think a lot of people would move to somewhere else where their kids could play sports. There has got to be something else they can cut back on instead?

  42. 42 Audrey Hepburn February 18, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Cutting sports programs in schools would be a bad idea. These sports programs keep students out of trouble. Many parents rely on these programs to give their children something to do besides play video games or watch tv. I always see advertisements to go outside and stay active. By cutting sports teams you are saying the very opposite. Also many students rely on these teams to get scholarships to college. Although cutting the teams would save $6 million, it is not the right place to be taking money. The state really needs to rethink where they are going to take money. Taking money from schools, when many schools do not have much anyway, is wrong. Cutting sports programs is not the right way to save money.

  43. 43 LK Economics February 23, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    The sports programs are essential. It’s what brings the schools together. It’s a great exercise for young children. Young kids have alot of pressure on them today with the higher standards of school they need an outlet. The sports program is not just about kids playing games its about staying healthy, it gives them discipline, and gives them a drive to do better. We need to support these kids and keep our programs alive.

  44. 44 NK February 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    I think this is a terrible idea and I cant even believe that a county would even consider it. How would the adults now feel if they were young and they didnt have any sports programs? sports are a big part of some peoples youth and by doing this you would be taking that away from them. and it is not the kids faults that we are where we are right now with this economy. Also i think if they cut all college sports there would be more money to use. But at the same time for a lot of people there would be less motive to want to go to some universities. and also what are they going to do with the already built establishments for the sports? just let them sit there? i agree that they should stop putting as much money into the programs but not totally elimanate them.

  45. 45 Nikolas Bunton February 26, 2009 at 2:38 AM

    Cutting school sports programs is an amazing idea. Who need football, basketball, and all the other distractions that prevent high school students from focusing on what really matters. True, after-school activities can be very productive. But is it really worth 6 million dollars of California’s tax money? Sacrifices have to be made. And despite the unimportant lack of school sports, our state budget comes first. I’m deeply sorry if sports = your life, but the economy is the most important thing to consider in our current situation. The opportunity cost of saving California’s unemployment crisis is cutting some sports.

  46. 46 VB February 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    If Novato ends the sports programs I will send my 2 children to a private schools.Since the school district receives money for each
    child the net gain of discontinuing sports is negated.
    Simple math

  47. 47 NicoleMB March 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    I believe it is a bad idea to have schools cut their sports programs. The schools in California especially are in such bad shape as it is and with more and more cuts to their budget pretty soon the school curriculum is going to be a skeleton of the quality education our schools should be offering. I think that cutting sports program could have an even bigger effect on the community than one thinks – what will these kids do after school instead? It’s not as if non-profit after school programs are exactly thriving either and without positive experiences to occupy their time kids could get into more trouble. Bad idea.

  48. 48 Hannibal March 3, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    I think this is a terrible idea. When kids are involved in an after school sport or hobby, it keeps them away from doing bad things, bad habits, and hanging out with bad influences. We all would like to hope for good things, but kids and especially teens are so easily influenced and strive for popularity that they will go to desperate measures unfortunately. I was always involved with after school stuff and so were my brothers, soccer, basketball, baseball, etc. Surely there can be other ways to cut back on costs from schools, but sports is going against what schools stand for, which is shaping the better lives of kids for tomorrow’s future.

  49. 49 Nancy Moussa March 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    I think that cutting out sports programs in schools is a horrible idea. For many students sports is the reason they go to school. It’s the only thing that gives them hope and passion to do good in school. I know in my case sports helped teach me discipline and commitment, which are things that students need in life. Maybe our country should consider cutting down the amount of money given to sports, but defenitly not take it away.

  50. 50 Claudio Ramirez March 16, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    I would have to disagree with the propose of Marin County, and Navato to be exact concerning the sports programs. They are what keep students of all ages off the street. They keep us motivated to succeed in all aspects of life, and helps us interact with other students in more ways then one. I always ask myself, what would I do without sports? More me it was the only thing i really looked foward to in high school and i think they would be making a big mistake, it just goes to show you the impact this recession is having, even on one of the most wealthiest counties in the US.

  51. 51 Gilberto Vazquez March 18, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    This is one of the worst ideas ive ever heard. Why would they want to cut sports? to save money? Does this country want to get even fatter and unhealthy than it already is? Kid obesity is already pretty damn high and to think about cutting sport programs from school is an option just sounds down right crazy to me. College sports seem to bring it millions of dollars to universities. Especially the high profile school. TV networks pay millions of dollars to broadcast these games on television so u kno the colleges are gettin a cut of this money. People might say that high schools dont get money but think of higher crime rate that there will be. Kids that use sports as a tool for betterin themselves will no longer have this. what do u think they will do instead?

  52. 52 Emily Bonzi May 4, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Sports program often provide motivation for students that may not be driven academically. I know a good portion of athletes that worry about keeping up their grades only because they want to continue playing their sports, whether it be because a specific GPA must be maintained to play or parents require students to do well in classes if they are devoting so much of their time to a sport. By eliminating this, the school is eliminating motivation to do well in classes for many students.

    Being a musician though, I think it is about time that sports get cut after so many years of reducing school spending by eliminating the arts. Although the elimination should not be a complete cut of the programs, I would rather see the sports programs loose some money along side with budget cuts to the arts.

  53. 53 Tracy Thomas May 12, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    I think that’s a vey bad idea. Sports help kids stay out of trouble. They have to do good in school and maintain G.P.A. to play sports. Much time is being spent at practice that some kids would spend on the streets. I think coaches are role models and good adviors to have for students. Overall i think it would be a huge loss to the prodouctivity of the schools. You just have a bunch of kids with nothing to do hanging out and smoking pot all day.

  54. 54 Gabriel Mayora May 13, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    I have to say that this is a horrible idea. Cutting sports programs from a city is just very un-american I believe it deprives the children of alternative programs. I am actually from Novato and I played sports there as a child. I truly benefited from the experience of Park and Recreation in Novato and I now am a college athlete playing rugby at Saint Mary’s. First of all how can a Novato, in Marin, need to resort to saving money with consequence to children. Second, sports programs are after school programs that keep children from illegal activity. It keeps them occupied and satisfied with wholesome activity. Saving 6 million now will be an bad investment to see what happens to this sport deprived generation. Finally, there are so many professional athletes that are from many of these towns. Playing sports as children created professional athletes that are now in professional organized sports. How can a child discover his true athletic potential with no sports program to benefit from.

  55. 55 Courtney G. May 14, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    A lot of schools are facing the same problems. School supervisors don’t think that sports are the top priorities. When it comes to cutting sports or math, they will cut sports.

    That area is very wealthy and I would not be surprised if the parents went ahead and raised money. They do not want their kids to suffer.

    It is a shame that schools are cutting sports programs. Some schools don’t even have enough teachers in the poorer areas. Children’s educations are suffering greatly because of budget cuts. It is a shame to see it.

    There needs to be a budget repair because too many children are suffering. Sports offer such a great opportunity for children to succeed in something. It keeps them out of trouble and provides an escape. Hopefully, the sports program gets repaired.

  56. 56 Jerry Ellison May 16, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    I think this is the most ridiculous idea i have ever heard. I remember a couple years back the nation was freakin out about the increasing rate of obesity among our kids. schools started takin out pop and snack machines and put in juice machines and low fat crackers or whatever. now their thinking about cutting sports programs? how do they think everybodys getting fat? if my high school had cut its athletic program, i would have walked out the door.

  57. 57 Simon Kudus May 17, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    I feel that eliminating all school and college sports program is and horrible idea. The money saved is probably small compared to the money that could be saved/made by keeping sports programs. If students are lest active physically than obesity will go up and in turn health-care and health related problems will go up as well. Production will go down because people can’t go to work because they are sick due to their poor living habits that could have been corrected by developing good living habits in high school/college. There always a trade-off to everything and I bet if we really look into I am right about us paying more than we save in the long-run by cutting sports programs.

  58. 58 Carl Hernandez May 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    i have to disagree on this proposal also because as being a person that plays a sport all in high school and college this is what keeps me focused and motivated in doing good in all my academic classes. i know i am not the only one that has sports as a key motivator to succeed and by taking this away will not only make kids less interested in school but can lead them to more mischievous things.

  59. 59 T May 25, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    This idea is simple minded some sports programs actually generate money. The Sports programs in the red should be eliminated not the ones generating money the idea would totally be contradicting.

  60. 60 Amanda Smith July 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Wow…that is quite a proposal. But it is a horrible idea. Sports plays so many roles in high school that it is insane to even consider getting rid of them. Sports helps to keep kids in school because it gives them a reason to go even if they dont care about academics. It is also a positive outlet that occupies the kids, instead of giving them a lot of free time to go do negative things like drugs and alcohol abuse. And most of all, sports helps kids get scholarships for college. So if sports were taken away, I guarantee that we would see the rate of college attendants drop.
    And what would the school district use the extra money for anyway? Where would the $6 million go? And why do they all of a sudden care about saving a bunch of money now?

  61. 61 stacey smarker August 5, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    I don’t think that all sports need to be cut. We need the sports for fitness, but when students are not making grades and upholding a standard then cut it. It should be an option that should put up to a commite to decide if they want keep it and is they do then parents and students need to fund it.Just like when the arts program and music was cut they found out that it was educational and brought it back.

  62. 62 E. Speizer August 5, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Cutting sports in high schools or colleges is a terrible idea. Sports are a huge part of life for kids, and being on a sports team often teaches them more about life than school does. Also, if colleges cut every sports program, it would likely lose them some money. For instance, the major college football programs generate millions of dollars for their respective schools.

  63. 63 Nick Pasquale December 6, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    As an athlete at SMC I think that it is a terrible idea. Sure you can look at it as saving money but it effects so many people which will in turn effect the economy. Cutting sports would lose all of the student-athletes and good amount of students who only got to college because of their athletic ability. Cutting those would eventually eliminate the pro sports teams as they will have no players to draw from. and the pro sports teams bring in a lot of money and help out the economy a lot. Also cutting it will create more jobless americans as it tons of jobs will be cut.

  64. 64 courtneyb December 16, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    This is definitely not a good idea. Although we are in a recession, that should not mean that schools should resort to cutting their sports programs altogether to save money. Physical education is very important and sports programs are great ways for talented athletes to receive scholarships to attend college. Imagine not being able to watch Tim Tebow every Saturday. I know I wouldn’t be too thrilled about that! Many people want to receive a college education without having to give up athletics. If colleges dropped the sports programs, there would be no chance for people to do that. Thankfully I’m pretty sure this will not happen…well, anytime soon anyway.

  65. 65 TTS06 December 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    This is not logical since certain sports generate income for schools. However I think that if a sports program is running in the red and it isn’t very popular it should be cut.


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