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Titan Athletics Recognized by ASPEN Institute

By James Parker, 07/21/21, 10:00AM EDT

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Alexandria City High School has been recognized by the Aspen Institute as an exemplary and innovative high school for growing sports and physical activity participation. Alexandria City (formerly known as T.C. Williams High School) was one of four finalists in the large suburban school award category.

The recognition is part of the Aspen Institute’s new initiative called Reimagining School Sports, which highlights the essential role that high schools play in preparing young people for life, along with the cognitive, educational and health benefits that flow to students through physical activity. The goal of Reimagining School Sports is to make quality sport and physical activities accessible to all students by identifying strategies that administrators and other school leaders can adopt. The initiative is made possible by partnerships with Adidas/Reebok, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, and Hospital for Special Surgery.

Alexandria City has been recognized nationally in Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Develop Every Student Through Sports, a new Aspen Institute report about large suburban schools. Highlighted in the report were Alexandria City’s partnership with the Alexandria Soccer Association to play soccer for free and the school’s efforts to make its sports programs more equitable to reflect the racial and ethnic makeup of the community. The report includes analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing suburban school sports, a profile of the winning school, ideas from the other finalists to grow participation, and national survey results from high school students about their sports experiences at suburban schools.

Read the report at aspeninstitute.org/LargeSuburbanSchoolSports.

Future reports for five additional school types will be released in 2021, followed by a final report in 2022 that will make systems-level recommendations that can drive progress across all school types. Read all of the reports here.