By Alan Marzilli
A few worry that the commercialism surrounding activities is corrupting the youth who play them.
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You can imagine the isolation and the constant pounding on his self-esteem that that kind of distinction forces on a youngster in a . . ” According to Paterno, the teacher’s belief in her student paid off: Curt Warner became a star running back both at Penn State and for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. ” 48 • Should a student be penalized for attending an inferior high school or be given the opportunity to prove himself or herself at college? Point2 12/31/03 10:22 AM Page 49 College Athletics Provide Opportunities for Students A college education is valuable to the many student-athletes who never play professional sports.
Ivy League schools, particularly Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton, were among college football’s earliest powerhouses, but the schools have since de-emphasized football; in fact, they have eliminated all non-need-based athletic scholarships. The league’s Admission Statement reads: The principles that govern admission of Ivy students who are athletes are the same as for all other Ivy applicants. Each Ivy institution: • admits all candidates including athletes on the basis of their achievements and potential as students and on their other personal accomplishments; • provides financial aid to all students only on the basis of need, as determined by each institution; and, • provides that no student be required to engage in athletic competition as a condition of receiving financial aid.
32 • How long does the public remember sports scandals? Do they reflect poorly on the university as a whole? Athletic programs typically bring in money for athletics, not for the general benefit of the university. Critics of big-time college athletics dispute claims that athletic success translates into more successful fund-raising for the university in general. In his book criticizing the influence of money in college athletics, economist Andrew Zimbalist admits that the suggestion that a successful football or basketball team would make alumni proud and get them to “open up their pocketbooks” sounds like a reasonable proposition.