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Diamond Ranch Academy

February 19, 2016 10:00 ET

Diamond Ranch Academy Helps Troubled Teens Succeed Through Quality Athletics

Boarding School for Troubled Teens Recognized by Regional Sports Recruiters

HURRICANE, UT--(Marketwired - Feb 19, 2016) - Sometimes all it takes for a great athletics program to get the recognition it deserves for is one star athlete to draw attention. Recently one of those bright stars came in the form of Dallas McRae, who was recruited by Southern Utah University as an offensive lineman. McRae is a former student from Diamond Ranch Academy, a boarding school for troubled teens located in southwestern Utah.

But as much as McRae's recruitment is helping further his athletic career, it has also helped shed light on just how important athletic programs can be for the overall health and emotional stability of students enrolled at Diamond Ranch Academy and any boarding school for troubled teens. According to a variety of studies, enrollment in a school athletic program can improve self-esteem, help teens understand goal-setting, improve time management skills, foster a sense of teamwork and fair play, and also contribute to improved grades.

In fact, a study by the Minnesota State High School League found that the average GPA of students enrolled in a sports program was 2.84 versus 2.68 for non-athletes, a nearly 6 percent increase.

"While Diamond Ranch Academy has rightfully earned a stellar reputation as a leading boarding school for troubled teens thanks to its comprehensive therapeutic program, sometimes our Class 1A football team and our other athletic offerings get overlooked," said Ricky Dias, executive director of Diamond Ranch Academy. "Our basketball team just beat the top team in the state and twice this season we have had players from the team voted Utah player of the week. Accomplishments like these help give our entire student body a sense of pride -- making them confident that they can tackle any challenges put to them."

More broadly, the accomplishments also reinforce the positive role sports can play in a troubled teen's life. But Diamond Ranch isn't just about traditional sports. The school's comprehensive athletic department also includes novel therapeutic approaches like an expanding equine program. Already the department has acquired several new horses and through enhanced internal promotion it is expected that a growing number of students will sign up as the weather warms.

Of course, as with any boarding school for troubled teens, in-class instruction and follow-up counselor review remains a critical school focus. All Diamond Ranch teachers have bachelor or master's degrees in their related areas of expertise and meet strict state licensing requirements from the Utah State Office of Education and the Northwest Association Accreditation (NWAC). Likewise, doctorate or master's-level therapists are professionally licensed with the State of Utah as mental health professionals.

"No matter capacity our educators fulfill, ultimately we all have our students' best interests in our hearts -- that includes in the classroom and on the field," added Robbie Dias, Diamond Ranch Academy's athletic director and football coach. "I'm excited that our football program is being recognized for the talent it's helped mold. And I am confident Diamond Ranch Academy and its athletic program will continue shaping the lives of our students in positive ways."

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