Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth I played high school ball. One year we were 10-1 when I pitched and 1-8 when I didn’t. I was often pitching out of error induced jams. My pitch counts had to be high (not an issue then). It never dawned on me to quit. My teammates were my friends. I felt an obligation to make it the best season possible.
As a parent of a 5yo and newborn we selected a school district based on academics. The high school stunk at all but country club sports. It all changed as my kid’s classes got to middle school and high school. Not just because of my kids. But they were part of it.