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This study examined the impact of the PASS (Promoting Achievement in School through Sports) program on 59 high school students in 4 schools. The PASS program helps athletes to see the connections between athletic and academic success, and focuses on eight fundamental keys to success, including concentration, balance, relaxation, power, rhythm, flexibility, instinct, and attitude. The study found that, compared to control students, students who had completed a year of PASS were more likely to improve their grades and were more likely to restore eligibility to participate in sports. The paper concludes that the third-year impact study, as did the first and second year studies, confirms that PASS improves academic performance as measured by overall grade point average. It supports the premise of PASS that in order to improve academic performance for those students involved in athletics, there needs to be an increased, not a decreased, emphasis on the appropriate study and practice of sports. A statement of the goals of the American Sports Institute related to the PASS program is attached. (JDD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Athletics, Eligibility, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, High Schools, Performance Factors, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Improvement

Autor: American Sports Inst., Mill Valley, CA.


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