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Sports & Recreation Leadership

When you think of a career in sports, most people think about professional athletes.  The athletes represent only a small portion of the people involved in the athletic industry.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are only 16,500 professional athletes in the United States.  The total revenue from the sports industry is about $450 billion annually; that makes it larger than the restaurant, real estate, and automotive industries.  So while your chances of being a professional athlete are very low, you can still be a part of one of the most dynamic and exciting industries in the U.S. and around the globe. 

'18-'19 Elective Courses:
Advanced PE 1 (Aquatics- SwimRVA)
Advanced PE 2 (Team Sports)
Fit for Life 1 (Weight Training)
Fit for Life 2 (Aerobics)

*For more information about these academy courses, please see the program guide at the bottom of this page.

Industry Credentials
Students in the Sports & Recreation Academy complete classes that can lead to the following certificates:
  • Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED
  • Red Cross Lifesaving
  • US Soccer Coaching "F" license
  • Swimming/Lifeguarding

Careers in Sports Leadership

Median salaries are based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
We are lucky to be able to partner with SwimRVA in our Advanced PE 1 Aquatics class.  Students are able to learn how to be a lifeguard and receive their certification. This opens the opportunity for summer jobs for our students and a lifesaving skill for their future. Watch one of our students talk about the benefits of this program. 

YouTube Video

Take a look at a few of these videos that explain careers in the sports industry beyond the field or court.  Then check out the classes and program sequence we offer.

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  89k v. 1 Feb 1, 2018, 12:41 PM Kenneth Butta