09/02/2014 02:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These College Athletes Say They Deserve Special Treatment

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It's hardly a secret being a student athlete on a college campus can come with special privileges.

The perks can come via free iPads, registering for classes ahead of regular students or getting academic tutors, something universities with big athletic programs make no attempt to hide.

The New York Times reported in 2006 how several universities spent millions building new academic centers just for athletes. The University of Alabama employs 17 people just at its Center for Athletic Student Services. According to the Delta Cost Project, public universities in NCAA Division I sports spend three to six times as much on athletes as they do educating regular students.

So do they deserve it?

Working with Whisper, the secret-sharing mobile app, we found several examples of people anonymously posting a defense of special treatment student athletes receive.

Take a look below and let us know how you feel in the comments, or tweet at us.

I think we deserve it. I put in work during the week as a full time student and athlete with a "job". We earn our scholarships just like other people. Tutoring? We have academic requirements to meet as well.
You wake up at 5 to work out and condition for 2 hours then attend class and maintain a 3.5 to stay on the team then add 3-5 hours of practice a night and add 3 more hours if it game night. Then complain about our benefits.
Are you freaking kidding me?! We work just as hard, hell, even harder than normal students. Why? Because we have practice and games to contend with and you don
I play college baseball and I can honestly say we put in so much work from middle school to now I never had time to hang out with my friends during the summer, I was lassy traveling and playing and I kept my grades above a 4.0 so yeah we do deserve everything
Note: autocorrect typo “lassy” = always
Absolutely they do. Speaking as a college athlete we put in a lot of time and dedication for our sport that then can
Yeah, they work their asses off! I only have a partial scholarship for the University of Florida for track and I
I am a college athlete. It
HELL YES WE DESERVE IT!!!!!  We work 24/7 to perfect our game, throw on a great show for fans and on top of that maintain our 3.5 GPAs and social lives if we have the time for one. It
Yes we do. I developed herniated disks from my sport. I think I deserve my free treatment I get
Two workouts a day seven days a week sucks your time, tires your mind and body.  Missing classes, reschedule tests, lower GPAs, student athletes harm their futures.  Be grateful you didn
It is actually harder for us athletes
As an intern athletic trainer who has to balance school with football practices atm, I say yes. They very much do. It is not easy to make it to play in college. I

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