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Balancing Sports and Academics: The Importance of Time Management and Supportive Communities.

Calgary, Alberta - March, 7, 2023: St. Mary's students attend learning sesssion presented by the U of C Dinos basketball team. Photo: Kaya Bautista

FLY Empowers Youth with Tips on Balancing Sports and Academics from UofC Dinos Basketball Team at St. Mary's High School Outreach Initiative

Have you ever felt overwhelmed balancing your sports and academics, or do you know someone who does? It can be daunting, but managing your time effectively and having a supportive community is essential.

Recently, FLY held an outreach initiative at St. Mary's High School, where the UofC Dinos basketball team gave a presentation on "Empowering Student-Athletes Holistic Wellness." The team emphasized the importance of mental health, nutrition, and fitness for student-athletes. They also shared tips on balancing sports and academics, such as creating a schedule, prioritizing tasks, taking care of yourself, communicating with coaches and teachers, building a supportive community, and staying motivated.

The outreach initiative also provided an opportunity to showcase the services offered by FLY to support youth. The scholarship and gift card giveaways were a highlight. The initiative was an excellent opportunity to connect with the community and raise awareness about the importance of youth wellness.

Why Balancing School and Sports is Important for High School Students: Tips from the Pros.

High school students have a lot on their plate, with all the academic demands and sports activities they have to juggle. Balancing the two can be a real struggle, especially when they're still developing skills like time management and organization. Plus, the competitiveness of high school sports can add extra pressure, making it hard to perform well in both areas. That's why it's important for these students to get some guidance and advice from successful athletes who've been there before. With the right support, they can maintain their well-being and achieve their goals both on and off the field.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the Dinos Learning Session

  1. Create a schedule: It's essential to have a clear plan of your commitments, including practices, games, study time, and extracurricular activities. Having a program will help you stay organized and manage your time efficiently.

  2. Prioritize: Identify the most critical tasks and allocate time accordingly. Make sure to prioritize academic work, which is crucial to achieving long-term goals.

  3. Take care of yourself: Ensure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. Proper nutrition and exercise are essential to maintain physical and mental well-being.

  4. Communicate with your coaches and teachers: It's crucial to keep your coaches and teachers informed about your schedule and academic commitments. They can help you find ways to balance both and offer support when needed.

  5. Build a supportive community: Surround yourself with people who encourage and motivate you to succeed in academics and sports. Seek guidance and mentorship from those who have successfully balanced sports and academics.

  6. Stay motivated: Remember why you started playing sports and the importance of your academic goals. Stay committed and motivated, and don't be afraid to seek help when needed.

Calgary, Alberta. March, 7, 2023. U of C Dinos speak about holistic wellness and balacing academics with playing sports. Photo: Kaya Bautista

Calgary, Alberta. March 7, 2023. Photo: Kaya Bautista

How Parents Can Help Their Children Balance School and Sports

Balancing school and sports can be challenging for youth, and parents can play a vital role in helping them manage their time and responsibilities effectively. Parents can encourage their children to prioritize their responsibilities, adopt healthy habits, and foster open communication.

Attending games and practices also supports athletic endeavours and allows parents to connect with coaches and other parents. Additionally, parents can offer help with homework and assignments to ensure their child has the time and resources to focus on their sports activities. Parents can help their children succeed in school and sports by providing support and guidance.

Calgary, Alberta. March 7, 2023. FLY Project Director, Lisa De Leon hands out basketballs, water bottles and meal gift cards to St. Mary's Highschool students. Photo: Kaya Bautista

Calgary, Alberta. March 7, 2023. Student holding a FLY duffle bag. Photo: Kaya Bautista

How Tutoring Services and Peer Mentorship Can Benefit Students Balancing School and Sports

Tutoring services and peer mentorship can be valuable resources for students trying to balance school and sports. Tutoring services can provide extra help and support to students struggling with specific subjects or assignments, enabling them to catch up and stay on track with their studies.

Peer mentorship programs can guide and support students in successfully balancing school and sports, offering advice and insights on managing time and priorities. These programs can also provide social support and a sense of community, helping students feel more connected and motivated to succeed. By utilizing tutoring services and peer mentorship, students can benefit from additional resources and support to help them balance their academic and athletic goals.

Calgary, Alberta. March 7, 2023. Vince Marra, St. Mary's coach (left) and Lisa De Leon, FLY Project director hand out scholarships. Photo: Kaya Bautista

FLY's Tutoring and Peer Mentorship Programs

FLY recognizes the importance of tutoring services and peer mentorship in helping students balance school and sports and offers these services to the youth.

To learn more about the tutoring and peer mentorship programs offered by FLY, visit our website and register for our services. Our programs provide valuable resources and support to students, helping them manage their time effectively and achieve success both in and out of the classroom.

Achieving Success in School and Sports with FLY's Support

In conclusion, FLY's recent youth outreach initiative at St. Mary's High School highlighted the importance of balancing school and sports for high school students. The keynote speech by the UofC Dinos basketball team provided valuable tips and insights on managing time, prioritizing tasks, and taking care of physical and mental well-being. Parents can also play a critical role in supporting their children in balancing school and sports, while tutoring services and peer mentorship programs can provide additional resources and support to students. FLY recognizes the importance of these services and offers tutoring and peer mentorship programs to help students achieve success both in and out of the classroom. To learn more about FLY's programs, visit our website to register.


For the Love of Youth (FLY) services are free and funded by the Government of Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program (SSLP).

FLY is committed to providing high-quality support to students, families, and educators who need it most. Our team is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.

Learn more about the For the Love of Youth (FLY) Project.



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Giving back to our student communities is very rewarding. So let's continue supporting our younger generation, our future leaders!


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