EDITED Sports Management White Paper

Submitted By shorty32
Words: 909
Pages: 4

White Paper 1

Throughout the United States, children of all ages are becoming more involved with sports. Children who are actively engaged in sports will more than likely become more competitive and will dream of one day playing at the professional level. As these kids become teenagers, they will work endless hours on the court, field, golf course, etc. to reach their goals of playing at a higher level. Title IX has given more opportunities to both men and women through high school and college to reach their next destination: playing professionally. Before Title IX, women were not given the same opportunities as men were given. Women were not given the opportunity to compete at a competitive level during high school years to earn college scholarships. Times have changed though. Title IX has given more opportunities to women by allowing them to participate in several more sports, receive scholarships, and receive any other type of benefits that Universities provide. Title IX has seen incredible improvements in athletic participation rates, not only from women but from men as well. I feel as if Title IX has worked; yet it still needs to be improved. Title IX has given men and women the opportunity to achieve their ultimate goal, which is to play at the next level and hopefully one day get paid for what they love to do. Student-athletes across the country have been given the chance to prove their abilities to coaches whether it is at the Division 1, 2, or 3 levels. Athletes have put in enough effort to earn thousands of dollars in scholarship money, the opportunity to travel, compete against the best, and receive extra benefits that are provided by the University. Many athletes that I know personally have a goal of playing professionally, however they realize that it may not happen unless they put the time and effort into it. I feel as if Title IX is fair because even though student-athletes may never play at the professional level, they were given the opportunity to play at their respective Universities. Million of student-athletes generate millions of dollars for their Universities and may not earn a dime because they are not good enough to play at the next level. Title IX as well as the NCAA need to come together to develop plans for student-athletes to receive some sort of stipends. From my own experience, Title IX had helped me receive a Division 1-basketball scholarship at Duquesne University. I have worked extremely hard my whole life to make my goals happen. I have received a scholarship, endless amounts of gear, delicious foods, free tutors, $500 in spending money, and the list continues. I have a dream of continuing my basketball career by playing professionally. In order for this dream to become reality, I need to have a great year this upcoming season. Both male and female basketball players have the opportunity to play in the NBA and WNBA, respectively, or play overseas. The point that I am getting to is that even though student-athletes may not be given the opportunity to play in the NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, etc., they are still receiving countless benefits that a typical college student would not receive. Even though student-athletes may never play at the professional level, they may be given the opportunity to become Coaches, Athletic Directors, Graduate Assistants, or any other position that lies within the world of sports. Men and women have different outlooks on life. Every single men’s basketball player that I know believes they will play in the NBA. Women are the opposite.