Minorities in College: Sports Should NOT Be the Only Avenue to Success

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I. Introduction

This legal research paper is premised on Elisia J.P. Gatmen’s discussions in her paper, Academic Exploitation: The Adverse Impact of College Athletics on the Educational success of minority student-athletes from a legal aspect. The point of this paper is to convey how being a minority athlete can be a double edged sword. To provide some basis on this issue, I will first synthesize and write about the articles I have read that communicate the perceptions of minorities in sports, then explain the exploitation issues with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with minorities in athletics, and finally tie in the legal aspect of this issues with some recommendations that college athletic institutions could implement in the future. I chose this topic because I can very much relate to the many concepts talked about in regards to this issue. I myself am a Black female athlete that played AAU basketball, five varsity sports at Dr. Phillips high school, and ran track and field for a division one school Florida Atlantic University my freshman year of college. Given my personal accounts, I believe it is worth noting that reading several articles on this concept has been an eye opening experience and has given me answers to questions I have had about minorities (such as myself) and athletics.

II. Perceptions of Minorities in Athletics

There is an old adage that states “it takes a village to raise a child”. Yet, perceptions of how to raise a child will vary from village to village. In the average Black community raising children to be doctors, lawyers, businessmen, astronauts, engineers, and teachers is not as revered as raising a child to be a professional athlete. A societal ripple effect; Black communities...

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