Importance & Benefits of Extracurricular Activities in School

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities

Posted by: fyclabs on 10/03/2019

Extra-Curricular Activities: Ways to Be Involved in Sports Without Playing

As you assess the college landscape and prepare for the admissions process, it has become increasingly more important to be involved in extracurricular activities in school. In the U.S., many students enjoy playing sports as an extracurricular activity. Sports teach many valuable lessons such as teamwork, accountability, sportsmanship, passion and responsibility.


What about students who like sports, but are not able to participate on a team? These students can still be involved in sport activities in other ways and enjoy the benefits of extracurricular activity in school. Below are several indirect or non-sport ways students can achieve this extracurricular activity goal.

Some examples include:

  • If you enjoy writing or reporting, consider being a sports reporter for the school or area newspaper, radio station or television.
  • If you enjoy music, consider playing an instrument in the marching or pep band.
  • If you are outgoing and social, consider being a cheerleader or mascot.
  • If you are interested in pursuing a sports medicine career, see if you can work with the team helping injured players alongside a sports trainer.
  • If you like to be involved with a team’s players and coaches, explore options where you can be on the sidelines, such as a water carrier.

There are numerous ways to stay close to the game without having to play in the game, so impress colleges with extracurricular activities that provide an opportunity to pursue your passion.

At Upward Path Institute, our experts (counselors) work with students to discover what extracurricular activities interest them. If your student needs assistance with this area or any other area as it applies to college admissions preparation, let us help. We have programs for 8th- 10th graders and 11th- 12th graders. Contact us at or 1-833-982-3299 to schedule your free consultation.