Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reforming College Sports

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the real purpose of inter-collegiate athletics:

The original purpose of inter-collegiate athletics, lest we forget, was the students. The athletic pitch was meant as a place for those students with God-given sporting abilities to use and enhance those abilities and, for many of them, to do so in a way that could pay for their college education. For the student body at large, school-sponsored athletic events began as a way to instill school spirit, camaraderie, and pride while cheering on in unity for the efforts of fellow students. Perhaps more importantly, in the days before high-priced television and radio rights school sporting events provided a form of clean and (formerly) supervised entertainment for young people away from home, many for the first time.

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