If parents keep reinforcing to their child that her pursuit of excellence in a sport is a sacrifice their child is making instead of a decision she is making, what effect is that likely to have on the child's attitude?
There's no reason for athletes or others with unpredictable schedules to feel as if completing a college degree is an unrealistic achievement. Online programs are a great fit for those of us who can't accommodate a traditional college environment.
We want to believe that when we are watching college sports that we are seeing amateurs competing for the joy of competition and the love of the game. But, as we examined things more closely we got a different picture that caused us to modify our view and might also change public opinion somewhat.
The NCAA sells and wants college athletes to be a team everywhere except in a room where they can talk about the issues they care about. The truth is that they do not want a team that demands a response from a system that makes millions from their play.
Universities must bare the responsibility for effectively bridging the gap for students to ensure their success. And the monies that flow into the college and university system could be used to greatly enrich the lives of black men in American who live in the margins of society.
When the media discusses college sports, it seems to focus much of the attention on NCAA Division I athletics. Quite often, too little attention is paid to the important role of Division III athletics at campuses all over the country.