By Alan Marzilli
A few worry that the commercialism surrounding activities is corrupting the teens who play them.
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The problem of low graduation rates is even more pronounced among African-American athletes in football and men’s basketball. The graduation rate for African-American Division I football players entering school in 1996–1997 was 48 percent, compared to 61 percent for white football players. In Division I basketball, the graduation rate for African Americans was 41 percent, compared with 61 percent for white athletes. Some critics also charge that universities’ avid recruitment of African-American athletes is troubling when compared to the overall representation of minorities on campus.
The NCAA and universities throughout the nation have been working hard to eradicate the image of the dumb jock and replace it with the image of the student-athlete, who contributes to the university both on the field or court and in the classroom. Some critics snicker at the NCAA’s eligibility standards, which, despite recent strengthening, continue to allow universities to admit students with much lower grades and test scores than nonathletic students. However, for many people, meeting the standards represents a major challenge and a source of motivation.
I expect every player we recruit to graduate. ” 44 It is not just the coaches who help student-athletes balance the rigors of college athletics with college course work. Point2 12/31/03 10:22 AM Page 45 College Athletics Provide Opportunities for Students many nonathletes, universities may provide academic assistance to student-athletes in order to help them succeed. For example, tutors help fill in gaps in some student-athletes’ previous education. ” 45 Athletic scholarships offer opportunities to many people who could not otherwise attend college.
Amateur Athletics (Point Counterpoint) by Alan Marzilli