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Roan Forest fourth-grader Naia Moctezuma competes in races all over Texas. She recently won the 2023 USA Cycling Texas State Mountain Biking Championship while wearing her Roan Forest shirt.

Naia Moctezuma, from NEISD's Roan Forest, won a Texas State Mountain Biking Championship.

Public schools offer a wide variety of athletic programs

Students can explore many choices when it comes to athletic programs. Public schools offer individual and team sports including:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball/ Court Volleyball
  • Football
  • Field Hockey/ Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Swimming, Water Polo, Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field/ Cross Country
  • Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Yoga
  • Wrestling

Health Education in Schools

Health and physical education introduces students to essential knowledge of:

  • The human body
  • Illnesses
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy lifestyles

What is the importance of physical education to kids?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines physical education in schools as instruction that develops knowledge, motor skills, and behaviors for physical activity and fitness. Physical education can provide students with the confidence and ability to be physically active throughout their lives. 

Physical education benefits

  • Improved standardized tests and grades
  • The ability to stay on-task in the classroom
  • Learning how to stay active and healthy
  • Confidence in and out of school
Lackland ISD runners participate in Cross Country competition.

How do student-athletes benefit from athletic programs?

The National Federation of State High School Associations states:

  • Athletes are less likely to be sedentary and overweight. 
  • Athletic programs emphasize health and well-being.
  • Students are less likely to participate in risky behavior or to experiment with drugs.
  • Athletes earn higher grades.
  • Students gain educational and occupational aspirations.
  • Athletes have a high rate of college enrollment.

East Central ISD female athletes focus during powerlifting practice.

Athletic Scholarships for College

Colleges consider a student’s overall transcript, which includes test scores, grades, and extracurricular activities. These records give them an idea of a student’s ability to multitask and his or her general well-roundedness.


Scholarships for athletes

  •  Next College Student Athlete,  is a college recruiting website, providing facts and suggestions on how to get recruited, as well as the various high school division levels.
  • A  Campus Explorer article states that colleges consider a student’s overall transcript, which includes test scores, grades, and extracurricular activities.

Do all college athletes get scholarships?

  • A full-ride athletic scholarship is not possible for all student-athletes in high school. An academic scholarship must be considered as a supplemental form of aid.
  • Student-athletes usually need good grades and test scores, like an ACT score of 25+, SAT of 1200, and a GPA of 3.5 in order to receive a full scholarship in college sports..
  • Sports scholarships for athletes are available from corporations, non-profits, and individual donors. If you need help finding options, check out for a list of ongoing opportunities.

After-School Sports Programs

Find out more about the sports and athletics options at local public schools by visiting their websites.  

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Southside ISD athletes celebrate a great play with teammates during an exciting football game.

Program Spotlight: Athletics

Student involvement in athletic programs can set them up for success and achievements throughout their academic life. 

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