The proposed FCPS budget cut for 9th grade athletics is a small fraction of the 2014 operating budget yet it has the potential to have a tremendous impact on a huge percentage of high school student athletes. Eliminating 9th grade athletics creates a void in a student athlete’s life at a time when they need it the most. Athletics teaches students discipline, respect, and time management. The social aspect of sports is just as important. Having a sense of cooperation, teamwork, and friendship on a team can keep students out of trouble. If there is an increase in Interscholastic Athletics costs, as listed in the proposed budget, and there are no other resources to allocate towards the cost, then please consider raising the sports registration fee per student to keep 9th grade athletics.