Student Athletics; Extracurricular activity or part-time job?
Student athletes are believed to be more focused on their sport rather than on their academic studies. Student athletes prove that stereotype wrong every day. NCAA requires student athletes to maintain an accumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to participate in their extracurricular activity of choice because they believe that academics are a top priority. If the athlete does not comply with the NCAA rules of maintain the required GPA then they are unable to participate in the sport.
A typical day for a student athlete begins around 6 am and goes roughly until 7 pm that day. Student athletes have to juggle their sport schedule of practice and lifting with the schedule of being a full-time student. With all of this on their plate they are still required by the NCAA to be a good student and make academics a top priority over sports.
Some compare student athlete’s sport to a part time job. Bestcollegesonline.com stated, “the average student athlete spends about 30 hours a week on class and schoolwork, then turns around and spends 20 hours a week on athletics.”
Instead of people saying that student athletes don’t need to work as hard in school because they are only there for sports they should really take into account everything that student athletes actually have on their plates. Like the NCAA states on their website, “Student athletes must, therefore, be students first.”