Feeding the Hungry: Student Athletes

This cartoon is a look into the minds of many college athletes today. If they could go play as a professional athlete somewhere, what’s the point of staying in school? Paying college athletes would create a more educated America.

College athletes everywhere are putting in hours of work and dedication to their sport and school without receiving any money in return.

College athletes work every week for way over 40 hours with the sport alone. That is not even including the hours of school work, studying, classes, and tutoring that every other student has to go through. Being a college athlete is quite literally like working two full time jobs.

These athletes are also responsible for millions of dollars being brought into the school every year. With tournaments such as the NCAA Basketball Championship “March Madness” tournament as well as the NCAA Football BCS, which both have a tons of huge sponsors dumping money into the program, the schools are receiving quite a large chunk of that money. My question is, if the athletes are the only things that really make these tournaments and sport in general possible, why aren’t they receiving any of the money?

In this video, Jay Bilas, a popular figure head and analyst, gives his input and argument on whether or not student athletes should receive compensation.

Many people may argue that they get paid in college tuition but the sad truth is that most of these athletes don’t have any money coming from home so they don’t even have enough to live on. Shabazz Napier was one of the most talented and driven players in the history of NCAA basketball. He, like many others, participated in the “full-time job” that is a collegiate sport. He was a starting guard at the University of Connecticut, which is known for being one of the best and most intense college basketball programs in the nation. He weighed in at 180 pounds and stood a tall 6 feet and 1 inch.

Napier was a beast of a player and was known for given his team everything that he had, holding nothing back for himself. Could you believe that a man so devoted to his school, his sport, and his fans once said that many nights “he goes to bed starving?” Napier recently spoke to reporters in an interview with this exact response. Napier works so hard all day at practice and in games that he doesn’t have any extra time for a job and, therefore; he can’t afford to buy himself food.

Regardless of whether or not you think student athletes should get paid, there is no denying the fact that there is a problem with a student going to bed hungry. Napier says in his interview that they’re not looking for hundreds of thousands of dollars as professional athletes recieve, they simply want enough money to get by and put food on the table.

Another athlete, Daylon McCutcheon, an all-american football player from USC, says that his “main thing is that [he] wants to be able to put food in [his] fridge. In his case, he comes from such a poor home that he is actually forced to send money from his scholarship home to his family so that they can survive, putting McCutcheon and an even steeper loss.

Paying student athletes would keep kids in school longer and overall produce a more educated country, it will finally compensate the athletes fairly for the work they are doing, and most importantly it would ensure the health and livelihood of the athletes that can often times become malnourished

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