Article written by

Jeremy Friedman

Jeremy is a full-time master’s student in the Educational Policy
program. A native of Westchester, New York Jeremy graduated from the
University of Rochester with a degree in Economics and a minor in
American Sign Language in May 2008.

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  1. Mairead Hartmann
    Mairead Hartmann at |

    Thank you for these insightful comments, Jeremy.  I did not realize students were 22 times more likely to receive an academic scholarship than an athletic one.  That is significant!  This a message that needs to be shared with families and educators alike.  I guess part of the problem is the allure of major sports stars and their backstories.  It is attractive to think of rising above your situation through a life made playing the sport you love! 

    The FLHSA HealthiKids campaign has a web petition dedicated to the incorporation of recess in Rochester City Schools: http://capwiz.com/healthikids/issues/alert/?alertid=32729501 Encourage others to get involved!

  2. Keith Savino
    Keith Savino at |

    Interesting topic Jeremy, one with many subtopics that could be discussed at length.  I think a major issue here that you alluded to but didn’t mention was how students and parents perceive the role sports play in any person’s life, not just urban or student athletes at division 1 colleges.  Sports for 99% of the population should be a means of enhancing team building skills, social skills, and exercise.  These should be the emphasis at the youth and high school level.  For 99% of people, athletics should be emphasized as an addition to one’s life, not the focus of it.  I think it’s really the responsibility of parents and coaches to teach this perception at an early age that sports are an important part of life, but are usually not the main objective of our careers.  Parents and coaches should harp the statistic you mentioned that students are more likely to receive academic scholarships.  Even if an athlete is gifted enough to gain athletic scholarships, that should not hinder their efforts to also shoot for academic scholarships.  While every person is in a unique circumstance, no one can be hurt by focusing on their education.  While someone like Lebron James skipped college because of his opportunity, that is by far the exception.  In his case, he knew he had a lot more to gain from going pro and wanted to develop his NBA career early, but that is the exception.  For 99.9% of the world, an athletic career is a lot less certain, and having a solid education will never be a hindrance to their life.  That should be emphasized at a young age.

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