The NCAA Mission Statement
“The Association - through its member institutions, conferences and national office staff - shares a belief in and commitment to: The supporting role that intercollegiate athletics plays in the higher education mission and in enhancing the sense of community and strengthening the identity of member institutions” (NCAA.com)
The NCAA bicker over this issue year after year, and try to push it off to the side. My idea is to give student athletes allowances, during their sports season.
A big problem for these student athletes, is the expectation. The expectation that these athletes are put under are tremendous. They all should be performing at or near the professional level, and should be ready at any point to take it to the next level.
These young men and woman have class, then workouts, more class, throw in practice, and ending with workouts. Student athletes who come home late, must start several hours of homework, to be up again and do it all over.
"The typical Division I college football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to his sport -- 3.3 more hours than the typical American work week"(Edelman).
My idea is to give student athletes allowances, during their sports season.
My proposal is to put in place a financial adviser. This person’s duty would be to help these men and women become financially literate, for when they go big, but also to help them manage the money they have now.
“After a game, you have thousands of kids who want pictures and autographs. That’s when reality sets in, walking back to your dorm and opening up my fridge that had not food in it” (Arian Foster).
Arian recalls calling a coach for some food, only for his coach to show up the next day at practice in a brand-new car.
"In 40 of the 50 U.S. states, the highest paid public official is currently the head coach of a state university’s football or men’s basketball team" (Edelman).
For well over one hundred years, there has been a debate. Why should these student athletes get paid? They get paid in education, they get paid in their experiences, there is just no need to pay them, according to the NCAA.
All the young student athletes who come through those universities doors has a story, and a voice. Let them tell you why they need this.