Athleticism And Athletes: The Means Of College Sports

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Andre has been playing basketball ever since he could walk. His dad, a tall and skilled player, played in college, so naturally he would get the skills passed down from his father. Ever since seeing his first college game, it was his dream to make it to that level. Andre worked his butt off, by practicing every day of the week, playing on travel teams in the summer, and going to camps to learn more skills. It was his junior year in high school and already he had several colleges interested in having him on their team. Many recruiters tried to get his attention, but only one school was able to capture it, Duke University. Duke is known for its success on the basketball court and is led by one of the all-time best coaches, Mike Krzyzewski. In …show more content…
The answer is pure athleticism and artistry. College sports are able to mimic life with struggle and uncertainty. The hard work of athletes and coaches are able to be shown off along with the power to overcome a loss. Many of us do not get to experience the type of adrenaline these college athletes feel competing at such a demanding level which makes it easier to get addicted to watching. It is one thing to be able to compete at the college level in sports but to understand the meaning of playing is something special. The NCAA says, “College sports equip young people with skills to succeed in the classroom, in competition and in life. Graduating is as important as winning on the playing field. NCAA sports help students learn, compete and succeed. College athletes learn leadership, confidence, discipline and teamwork through their sports” (“The Value of”). What most do not realize is that many athletes are capable of achieving everything that was just said, but some are not able to make it through college because of money. College athletes should be paid because playing sports is basically like a job, they have no time to work, and some athletes barely have enough money to attend …show more content…
The facts show, “The National Collegiate Athletic Association acknowledges that the amount provided in an athletic scholarship is not enough to provide for many things a typical college student needs” (National College Players 1). Keep in mind the NCAA does not permit 4-year scholarships so one can imagine just how little money a student-athlete has. There is no time to get a job because athletes are full-time students, and their sport is basically their job. If they do end up with a job, this is what it looks like: “To feed and clothe themselves, these students often wind up getting part-time jobs. If a student works 90 hours a week at their unpaid “job,” and then spends a further 10 to 15 hours at a paid job, then they are working around 100 hours each week for four years simply to be able to feed themselves adequately” (“Top 10 Reasons”). Some of these athletes are broke as a homeless person. How do universities expect a student to stay in school and compete on the court when they cannot afford to do so? Paying athletes looks like the only solution to fixing this problem. Every little bit counts and can make the biggest difference in one’s college athletic

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