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 to offer an education for all
students. Placing emphasis on the athlete’s academic requirements shall help the athletes
understand the importance of fulfilling the academic requirements. 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, cut from the sport team. In reality, athletes
are not born each train hard to get their skills and do remarkably on the court. The philosophy
here is athletes must work equally hard in the classroom as they do on the court. 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. Above
all, it enables them to do better academically.
For the longest time it has been known that student athletes often miss classes. Moreover,
athletes miss classes to attend practice, take part in competition and from exhaustion. Also, some
athletes are going to leave college early and enter...