College is a time for young people to develop and grow not only in their education, but social aspects as well. One of the biggest social scenes found around college campuses are athletic events, but where would these college sports be without their dedicated athletes? Student athletes get a lot of praise for their achievements on the field, but tend to disregard the work they accomplish in the classroom. Living in a college environment as a student athlete has a great deal of advantages as well as disadvantages that affect education and anti-intellectualism.
Around the country, college athletic programs are pushing their athletes more and more every day. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is an association set up to regulate the athletic programs of colleges in the United States and Canada such as eligibility, sportsmanship, and play. Due to NCAA rules, the “student” comes first in “student athlete.” This means that in order to be a full time student, 12 credit hours a semester are required, and in order to compete in athletics, students must maintain a core GPA of 2.3 or higher. It may seems easy right now but throw in lifting, games and practices, along with team meetings, and you’ve got yourself a full time job on the side.
The average division 1 football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to their sport giving them 3.3 hours more than a typical American work week. With those statistics, I think it’s safe to say that being a collegiate athlete requires more than a full time job. Trying to keep up with homework and attendance in class poses many challenges especially when the NCAA requires students to miss class for championship games, televised games, or other events that bring in revenue for the school. Instead of focusing on quality education for athletes, the NCAA focuses on violations of amateurism, such as athlete’s receiving financial inducements to play, and neglected the investigation of charges that athletes may be receiving inferior education according to Dean Purdy of Bowling Green State University in his article “Are athletes also students?”
“The term “student-athletes” implies that all enrolled students who play college sports are engaged in secondary (“extracurricular”) activities that enhance their education” according to New York Times Gary Gutting. In the reality of being a college athlete, “student” in most cases does not come first in terms of priorities.
Although rules and regulations are set up by the NCAA, colleges find ways around the rules in order to bring in money. After all, college athletics center on making profit from their athletes. With such a brutal athletic schedule, it makes staying on track academically a challenge for most athletes especially in college.
Multiple studies have shown that college athletes do not perform as well in the classroom as their nonathletic peers. For example, according to Michael Maloney in the article An Examination of the Role that...