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CIRCLE Releases Report on Sports and Youth Civic Engagement

[By way of Peter Levine’s blog on civic engagement issues]

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has just released a research report documenting the connection between particpating in sports and youth civic engagement. The research found that young people who participated in sports activities during their high school years were more likely than non-sports participants to have:

* Volunteered (32 percent vs. 21 percent),
* Registered to Vote (58 percent vs. 40 percent),
* Voted (44 percent vs. 33 percent in 2000), and
* Followed News Closely (41 percent vs. 26 percent)

To learn more about this research, visit CIRCLE’s website: www.civicyouth.org

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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