Participation in college athletics is a fun and enriching experience for many students. In fact, thousands of student athletes participate in athletic games each year, and thousands receive scholarships to do so. However, the life of an athlete in college is not as great as it seems. Most coaches emphasize on the “student” part of student athlete; however, they make it very complicated to actually commit to being a student. With a the massive amounts of time put into your sport, its often impossible to perform adequately as a student.
I believe that student-athletes should be given extra time to do their homework. If professors were to give student athletes an extra time on all their assignments, it would make it a lot easier for student athletes to graduate from college. It would also allow the student athlete to perform better at their sport because they wouldn’t be so stressed out with all the work that comes with being a college student. The whole reason for college is to get a better education. Student athletes must learn to manage their time so they can succeed in college, so they can get a good job, and live a successful life.
Academic success is critical for student-athletes. According to a study done by the NCAA, student-athletes graduate at significantly lower rates than average university students. (//www. ncaa. org/wps/portal/ncaahome? WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/ncaa/NCAA/Academics+and+Athletes/Education+and+Research/Academic+Reform/GSR/index. html) Very few student-athletes go onto professional sports careers. Students who drop out of college lose valuable skills for their adult lives, and more than likely makes less money than college graduates.
Not every college athlete has considered a life outside of sports, as statistics show that graduation rates among certain athletes are shockingly low. Think Progress reported that out of the 65 teams that played in March Madness 2005, 43 of them would not have qualified if there was a 50% graduation rate requirement. Meaning, a large number of the players participating in March Madness will not actually graduate. <http://www. usnews. com/opinion/articles/2010/03/15/ncaa-should-bar-low-graduation-rate-schools-from-march-madness>. All student athletes have to abide by the rules set up by the NCAA. This organization.