College Standards - 1 College Standards We all grow up with school and sports going hand in hand mainly in high school and college Recently sports

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College Standards We all grow up with school and sports going hand in hand, mainly in high school and college. Recently, sports have become more of an influence on the younger group of middle school and even elementary students. A major factor in this highly competitive nature of student athletes and people in general starts through their parents at an early age, sometimes beginning as early as kindergarten. Sports competition becomes progressively more intense with each new level of skill the student reaches. At the root of this problem are many well-intending parents pushing their child to be the best and win. Some parents are thinking of themselves and how their child's athletic ability reflects on them, not taking into account the amount of fun their child is having. Many younger children do not know any better, want to please their parents, and generally go along with the idea of competition because they receive gratification from pleasing their parents. Parents can also be seen as trying to relive their lives through their children, possibly their high school athletic dreams. Other parents push their children in the hopes of receiving a college scholarship because of their financial needs. Then there are parents who do allow their children to explore sports on their own with the intent of having fun, who are then put in direct competition with those who are out to solely win. At a youth hockey game on July 5, 2000, two parents, Thomas Junta and Michael Costin, clashed over events in the game their beloved kids were participating in. In the scuffle, Junta beat Costin, leading to his death two days later in the hospital (Sachs 443). Obviously this extreme case shows how involved parents get with their child's sports activities. Physical and verbal confrontations between parents, coaches, and teams of youth sports happen all the time, leading us to question the intentions of participating in the first place. Many children tend to 1
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loose the fun factor because of this, but others, who may have been pushed more by their parents at an early age, continue on into college. College sports, mainly football and basketball, have become a huge money-making industry for college institutions. Players enjoy it because they can receive monetary scholarships and "free rides" through college. "Since schools are not allowed to offer overt cast payments to athletes, schools are obliged to see more creative or surreptitious forms of remuneration to their student-athletes" (Zimbalist 411). Even at this level, students can be influenced by their parents and relatives to obtain athletic scholarships with well-known learning institutions. Universities should not be sports franchises looking to recruit the best players simply to win and further advertise their school. Students who do get scholarships to compete should have a high-quality grade point average and academics before joining college teams. Too many times we see high school football stars get whisked away to colleges, sometimes even out of state, with all the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Stewrt during the Winter '07 term at California University of Pennsylvania.

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College Standards - 1 College Standards We all grow up with school and sports going hand in hand mainly in high school and college Recently sports

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