Boys ahead of girls in Gwinnett athletics participation

More boys than girls are playing sports in the Gwinnett County school system, but the disparity is not as wide as the statewide average.

About 200 fewer girls participated in athletics during the 2014-15 school year in comparison to the 2013-14 school year, the report found. About 100 more boys participated in athletics than the prior school year, the report found. The data does not include football.

Not including football, there’s a nearly even number of boys and girls involved in Gwinnett school system athletics. Boys represented 53 percent of the students in Gwinnett athletics while girls were 47 percent of athletic participants, the report found. If you include football, 61 percent of the students who participate in Gwinnett district athletics are boys.

The data was put together for an annual report that measures gender equity in school district athletics. The report was shared last week with Gwinnett school board members.

Gwinnett officials were largely pleased with the findings. One recent report by the National Women’s Law Center found Georgia’s public high schools have the widest gender equity gap in athletics of any state in the nation.

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