Many college athletes miss classes because of practice, competition and from exhaustion.
For those reasons, supporters argue for exemption of athletes from class attendance policies.
Others argue that college athletes are given scholarships to attend college to play sports. On the
contrary, the focus of colleges is educating students. The question is, should colleges athletes
be exempt from the class attendance requirements? The answer is no and here is why. First, the
education of athletes takes priority over recreational activities. Second, it is unfair for athletes to
receive preferential treatment. Third, exempting athletes from the policies does not allow them to
develop time management skills. For these reasons the college athletes must attend classes and
not be exempt from regular class attendance policies.
In the first place, educating the college athletes is a crucial part of the college experience.
Nevertheless, college athletes receive scholarships and believe they are in college to play and
win games. As a result, some people have lost sight of the value of education. After all, student
athletes are students first and athletes second. In spite of their extraordinary athletic abilities,
these skills cannot overshadow the focus of college that is providing an education for the
students. Placing emphasis on the athlete’s academic achievement shall prepare them for
tomorrow’s future. In addition, education expands knowledge, promotes critical thinking,
increases potential and teaches discipline. The common misconception that athletes are to focus
on winning games and not their academic achievement is a distraction to the process.
Theoretically, athletes must keep up a GPA (Grade Point Average) required by the college, to
stay eligible for their team. Failure to keep up the required GPA shall result in being ineligible
hence, removal from the sport team. After all, athletes are not born they train hard to get their
skills and do remarkably on the court. The philosophy here is athletes must work equally hard in
the classroom. (Emma) stated in “A College Perspective on Academic and the Student Athlete.”
Coach & Athletic Director “As more eyes open to the athlete’s challenges and struggles, more
ideas and strategies will emerge to help them succeed not only in-between the lines of the
playing field or court, but in the lecture halls, science labs, and classrooms as well.” Thus,
education is a key element that produces academic achievers, tomorrow’s leaders and balance
adults. Given these points, the student athletes must recognize the importance class attendance.
For the longest time it has been known that student athletes often miss classes. Moreover,
athlete miss classes to attend practice, take part in competition and from exhaustion. Also, some
athletes are going to leave college early and enter professional sport. Consequently, they skip
classes and slide through college. Of course, colleges with...