Aurora, CO – Colorado is matching a national trend, with more high school students participating in athletics and activities than ever before, according the latest figures released by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

“Colorado has always had strong participation numbers, reflecting the importance of the values you learn by participating in a community-based program. These students are learning to be a part of something bigger than themselves, about how the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back. They learn about success and failure, about working together to make something work,” Commissioner Paul Angelico said.

Of the 237,276 students enrolled in the CHSAA’s member schools in 2016-17 (the latest statistics) 83.8%, or 194,618 students, participate in music, speech, student leadership and athletics. Recent trends nationally also show an increase in participation in high school activities.

Colorado’s participation rate is one of the highest in the country. Of those 232,276 students, 139,969 (60.26%) participate in athletics; and, coupled with the 54,649 students participating in student leadership, speech and music, that number jumps to 194,618 participants, representing a participation rate of 83.79%.

Of note with the new figures, 40,195 students participate in music programs, both vocal and instrumental, across the state making it the largest activity sanctioned by the CHSAA.  Football, with 16,686 students participating, is the single largest participatory sport. Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball together have 16,261 participants.

When the CHSAA added new classifications in girls’ golf, girls’ swimming and girls’ tennis, no one knew what to expect from the participation numbers. What transpired, according the participation report, is a spike in participation for all three sports.

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