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1 Running Head: WEIGHING COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS Weighing Collegiate Athletics Leah Onosato Darden College of Education and Professional Studies, Old Dominion University STEM 251G: Computer and Information Literacy Professor Julia Dieter December 3, 2019
2 WEIGHING COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS WEIGHING COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS B LOG 1 - P LAYING FOR E DUCATION There is a common stereotype surrounding student-athletes. Much of it is fueled by fact, by scandal, and by gossip. The public and non- athlete students tend to view student-athletes as ‘special cases’ who get special treatment. The issue they hold is that this is undeserved, unearned special treatment. Around the turning of the century, the University of Minnesota faced the public lash of a scandal in which it was publicized that several former athletic department employees had been writing papers and completing class assignments for many players on the men’s basketball team (Di Fabio, 2001). This discovery outraged the world. Many felt that athletes were unrightfully taking up the education of deserving people in the world (Di Fabio, 2001). The question begged was, how could this be sanctioned by an institution with the goal of higher education? The reaction elicited was, what were these student-athletes but lazy kids who came to college just to play sports and be thanked and rewarded for letting slide their academics in favor of their sport? The result was a general distaste and preconception that accompanied the word ‘student- athlete’, creating a detrimental and degrading environment to the struggling and stressed student- athletes working toward a degree. Di Fabio’s article fueled public belief that collegiate athletics were unethical and a contradiction to the goal of higher education. I am convinced, however, that this misconception not only can be debunked, but deserves to be debunked. It is an unfair myth that generalizes and discriminates against student-athletes as if there are no non-athletes who get special treatment from professors simply for personality, When playing, games, and playing games in college lead to success… Figure 1 Sport action (Orodo Photos, 2018)
3 WEIGHING COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS family connections, etc. The glamorous and exciting sport world as shown in Figure 1 isn’t all there is to the story (Orodo Photos, 2018). I argue with Chmiel (2015) that playing sports in college teaches valuable life skills. Or do collegiate athletics really only harm the goal of higher education? My research point of interest, therefore, is how can collegiate-athletics benefit student- athletes? When playing, games, and playing games in college lead to success…
4 WEIGHING COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS B LOG 2- P ROTECTING THE M IND AND P SYCHE An estimated 1 in 5 adults suffer from mental health conditions by age 24, and college students are particularly susceptible (National Collegiate Athletic Association, n.d.). The public often assumes that student-athletes would suffer from mental health conditions more than non-

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