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Pay to play is keeping kids on the sidelines

Jan 20, 2015

Credit University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

The cost of school sports is keeping many kids off the field, according to the latest poll by the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital. 

The poll asked parents of children 12-17 years old across the nation how they felt about participation fees for sports. 

Only 30% of lower-income families have a child playing school sports. This is in comparison to the 51% of kids from families with higher incomes. 

Among 58% of families that don't have a kid playing sports, one in seven of them said the reason was because of the high costs. 

You can view the full report here

--Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom