That number jumps to 40 percent among families with household incomes of less than $50,000 a year. But will one in four high school athletes hit the big leagues? Turns out, not so much: according to the National Collegiate Athletics Association, that number is more like 1 in 168 (for baseball players). Or 1 in 2,451 if your teenaged son plays basketball.
So what’s with the expectation gap? And why is it so much worse for families that make less money?
Tom Farrey, director of the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. He’s also the author of “Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of our Children.”