High school sports participation survey shows spike
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations and its annual High School Athletics Participation Survey, participation in high school sports in the United States increased for the 28th consecutive year during the 2016-17 school year. In the biggest year-to-year increase since the 2008-09 school year, 94,635 more students competed in high school sports in 2016-17 than 2015-16. In total, 7,963,535 students suited up for at least one athletic squad while 4.6 million boys played high school sports and 3.4 million girls participated.
The survey's results, detailed in a press release, also showed that participation in girls sports increased by its highest percentage in 16 years.
"As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX this year, this report on girls participation numbers underscores the significance of that important decision in 1972," said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director, in a press release. "It is great to see an ever-increasing number of girls taking advantage of that opportunity to compete in high school sports."
Among other notable findings, 11-player high school football saw a 25,901 player drop from the previous year even though 52 more programs offered the sport than in the 2015-16 school year. Still, football was the most popular sport among boys with 1,057,407 participants and outdoor track and field was the most popular sport among girls with 494,477 participants.
"While we are concerned when any sport experiences a decline in participation, the numbers do not substantiate that schools are dropping the sport of football," Gardner said. "The NFHS and its member state high school associations have worked hard to reduce the risk of injury in high school football, and we are pleased at the continued strength of the sport across the country."
Charbonneau Pink Ball tournament
Charbonneau Golf Club will host its annual Pink Ball Tournament on Sept. 15. The format is a nine-hole, four person scramble and typically includes more than 200 participants. Participants can sign up individually, in pairs or as a four-person team. The entry fee per individual costs $15 and the lunch costs $20. Registration for the tournament is open until Sept. 5 in the Charbonneau pro shop.
The proceeds from the tournament go toward the OHSU Knight Cancer Center. The 2016 tourney raised $42,000 for the center.
Non-golfers who would also like to get involved can sign up for the lunch portion of the proceedings — which will be held in the Charbonneau Club House dining room — or by purchasing a tee box sign to commemorate a loved one who has battled cancer. The sign costs $50 and is placed on the golf course.
The lunch also includes oral and silent auctions. Prizes include a Payless 1992 Celebrity Golf Tournament bag signed by famous athletes and personalities.