The value of high school sports is obvious. Young athletes, with rare exceptions, do not prepare for a lifetime in the professional ranks or even at the college level. Most will continue their sports after high school casually, if at all. But there is so much to gain.
Young people learn to be part of a team. They put their own benefits on hold for the greater good. They win and lose as a group and form bonds that can last a lifetime. And during the competition, they can learn lessons that are better training for the real world than anything they could find in a classroom.