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Is Athletic Eligibility Putting Students at a Disadvantage?

Shellie Mortensen, Staff Writer

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Students in high schools everywhere dream of becoming college athletes. Some even aspire to go on to professional sports.

In college most athletes attend school on sports scholarships. They seem to disregard the educational purpose of college and focus on sports. Even if you make it into college athletics going professional would be defying the odds. Only 99% of athletes go professional. That means that the rest of them have to rely on what they learned getting their degree. Most students don’t realize this. They think they will beat the odds and be that one percent. They want to believe they will be the next big thing in the paper and on the T.V.

“Athletes should without a doubt have to have good grades in order to play sports because your career is not for life, only a very small amount of people can make a living out of a sports career, and knowledge helps a lot when playing a sport along with many tough decisions.” Says a user on Debate.Org

But also we have the opposite argument:

“Imagine a person who is gifted at playing a certain sport. After school, on the weekend, whenever you see them, they’re playing this sport that they are so gifted at. However, this child has a learning disability and cannot perform well in school, no matter how hard they try. The school that they attend says that all athletes must have a C average in all of their classes to play sports, but our friend’s best is a C- or D+. They are very poor as well, so they cannot afford to play sports outside of school. This sport could be a ticket out of poverty, but they are not allowed to play it competitively. Is it fair to take away this child’s only chance at success because of something that they can’t change?” says a debating user.

This also brings up if parents should force kids to get good grades. From one perspective playing sports teaches commitment. You have to show up to scheduled practices and practice on your own. It teaches self-confidence and the rewards of hard work.

“Everyone needs an education. You will use something even if it’s very little in real life.” — Samantha Monson

This is where it ties into academic grades. School performance is just as important as athletic performance. If you don’t perform your best in the classroom it will be hard to the most out of your athletic talent in college.

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