Recently, there was a letter to the editor assertion that because students in U.S. high schools placed last when compared worldwide with 20 other nations, it was perhaps due to their involvement in high school athletics. The author of this letter could not have been more ill-informed. Statistics have shown for decades that students involved in extra-curricular activities (athletics, music, drama, forensics, etc.) outperform their fellow students by leaps and bounds. Among other skills that are acquired in these settings, discipline, determination, time management, teamwork, and leadership are particularly important in academic achievement. Many businesses seek out former athletes because of their work ethic and ability to deal with adverse situations.