It is common knowledge that exercise is good for the mind and the body, but what if–once you reached the collegiate level of your educational career–sports were no longer available to you? University Sports are very important to the students and the University alike. As stated in the Seattlepi, “college athletic programs represent a multibillion dollar industry” and they are linked to the school’s reputation and branding.
For some colleges, athletic programs bring in large amounts of revenue, drive enrollment, and raise college profiles. While college athletic programs draw in athletes, they also attract non-athletic students. Non-athlete students are interested in watching games. This leads to higher applications, in addition to the revenue accumulated from sponsorships, etc.
Furthermore, participating directly in athletic programs has been shown to result in the development of good fitness habits, competitiveness, and discipline. All of these skills help make students be more goal-oriented in the future, in turn making them successful professionals. So, the repercussions of not having collegiate athletic programs would most likely be detrimental to students.
First off, the school would possibly lose a great deal of their incoming revenue, due to the absence of the athletic programs. The number of athletes applying may decrease, along with the number of applicants in general who are most likely interested in sports. This would also impact the sponsorship and reputation of the school.
Secondly, the drive of some students would be less intense as a consequence of the lacking athletic programs, which aid in developing the goal-mindset. Students who need the reinforcement and camaraderie of a team would feel less capable of accomplishing their aspirations after college. Athletics essentially helps build confidence in these students.
Lastly, some may say that having athletic programs is straining on students–and while it is–there are certain requirements (at least on this campus) that student-athletes must adhere to. There are GPA and class attendance requirements for such students. Plus, there is even a requirement that the student-athletes sit in the first few rows in the lecture halls during class.
In sum, athletic programs are important, for the athletes, the school’s name, and the campus itself. Athletics programs have become an imperative part of the “college experience” and the overall environment of a campus.
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