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Teamwork. Sportsmanship. Camaraderie. Participation in sports builds self-esteem, encourages a healthy lifestyle, improves school attendance and teaches invaluable principles of teamwork. The DPS Foundation funds athletics programs in DPS middle schools – which would not exist without private support.
Prep League is the official middle school sports program for Denver Public Schools. It provides boys and girls in grades 6-8 with an opportunity to play a variety of supervised, competitive sports after-school. Visit DPS' Prep League Middle School sports website here: http://athletics.dpsk12.org/ms_sports/
Each year, approximately 4,000 students participate in the following Prep League sports:
|Flag Football||Boys Basketball||Boys Baseball|
|Girls Volleyball||Girls Basketball||Girls Soccer|
|Boys Soccer||Tackle Football|
|Coed Cross Country|
All participants must meet high standards for academic performance, attendance and behavior in order to maintain weekly eligibility.
Prep League is funded almost entirely through community support.
It would not be possible without sponsorships and contributions.
Research shows that youth who participate in school sports are more likely to show higher self-esteem and social skills, perform better in school, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They are less likely to engage in criminal activities and substance abuse.
The Prep League program also provides a critical way to keep students engaged in school and focused on success.
“The basketball program has helped so many kids here. Some of the kids have no home life. They hung around the school in the afternoon because they didn’t want to go home and get caught up in gangs. I told them to join another type of gang – join our basketball team. I’ve seen kids who were getting kicked out of school on a regular basis and they’ve turned it around because of athletics.”
Michael DeLoach, basketball coach
Help ensure that Denver’s students have the opportunity to play sports!
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