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High School Sports Programs Adjust To Fewer Students And Changing Attitudes

Courtesy: Oliver Parini
Schools are challenged by declining enrollment as they field teams in a variety of sports programs.

High school sports remain popular with many students, families and fans in Vermont but as tastes and demographics have changed, so have athletic programs.  

 Vermont is the first state to approve Ultimate Frisbee as a high school varsity sport. Dance and bowling have also been added in recent years. But the number of high school football programs is in decline and other programs have also become difficult to sustain, especially in smaller schools.

We’ll talk about the impact of fewer students, tight budgets and changing attitudes on high school sports with Bob Johnson, associate executive director of the Vermont Principal’s Association, Channels 22 and 44 Sports Director Erin Cofiell and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus Sports Editor Jamie Biggam.

Join the conversation by emailing, or post your questions or comments below.

Broadcast on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy Oliver Parini

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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