The Case for Character and Leadership Development:
*When asked to identify the most significant or challenging issues facing their teenagers, parents listed peer pressure (42%), performance in school (16%), substance abuse (16%), behavioral issues (15%) and values development (6%).
*More than 85% of Americans 20 and older think sportsmanship is worse now than when they were growing up.
*Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the boys and girls participating in sports cheated on an exam in the past year in comparison to 60% of the total high school population (based on survey of 35,000 students).
*A disturbing number of male athletes (6.4%) admit to having used Performance Enhancing Drugs in the past year (2% of females). (Source- Josephson Institute of Ethics, Feb 2007)
*In a recent survey of 125,000 coaches, over 90 percent of the respondents said the number one challenge they faced in dealing with their athletes is the problem of drug and alcohol use.
*According to an annual survey of U.S. youth, three-fourths of 12th graders, more than two-thirds of 10th graders, and about two in every five 8th graders have consumed alcohol.
*11% of 8th graders, 22 percent of 10th graders, and 29 percent of 12th graders had engaged in heavy episodic, or binge, drinking within the past two weeks.
*Of 1,225 Baseball Coaches interviewed, 53% agreed with this statement: Because most high school coaches accept responsibility for character building, varsity baseball athletes are less likely to engage in illegal drinking or drug use.