I watched a couple of weeks ago the Army-Navy football game — always an inspiration and always a pleasure to watch great athletes who do not dance, prance, engage in theatrics, taunt their opponents, or generally make fools of themselves. The Army-Navy game represents the best of U.S. education and sports. Of special note is that none of the players is the recipient of an athletic scholarship — a term that I deem an oxymoron.
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There should be no such thing as an athletic scholarship. The purpose of college is education, not athletic proficiency. Colleges should not be the minor leagues for the major sports leagues. Furthermore, athletics should be a part of the college education experience, never the main focus of it. The term ‘’student-athlete’’ should be abandoned and replaced by the more proper term: ‘’athletic student.”
Dr. Eli Goodman, Springfield