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Sports Sponsorship and Participation Research

The NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report provides statistical information regarding participation and sponsorship in intercollegiate athletics at NCAA member institutions. This information provides a general view of historical trends in participation and sponsorship by gender, sport and division. Much of this information has been collected in detail since the 1981-82 academic year. This information is self-reported retroactively by all NCAA member institutions on an annual basis.

During the 2015-16 academic year, with the number of student-athletes reaching an all-time high of 486,859
In the 2015-16 academic year, the number of teams competing in NCAA championship sponsored sports reached an all-time high of 19,506.
A further breakdown of the race and ethnicity of student-athletes, coaches and institutional personnel is available in the NCAA demographics database.

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