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The Change Project

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Devonne WatersDr. JEH10223 Jan 2013The Change ProjectFor years, Division I athletes have been pouring their hearts out day after day, week after week, to protect the pride and tradition of their universities. With television contracts and shoe deals alone, the athletes are really bringing in the money and other forms of revenue. The athletes are put in tough situations and put their bodies on the line and do not receive anything for it and I know this because I am one of these college athletes. Football can waste a lot of energy and can cause many injuries, which was a broken wrist for me. People can say that the typical athletes scholarship is enough to compensate, but is it? A true athlete plays the game simply for the love of it. At the Division I level of sports, it is more or less a business, and it is the athletes job to make money for the school. Furthermore, these athletes give up many freedoms. For a given number of hours per week, they give their blood, sweat, and tears just to play a sixty-minute game or run two times around a track. Take these factors and combine it with the athletes academic responsibilities and its a lot to account for. When all is said and done, how much money does the athlete receive? Aside from a scholarship the answer is zero. Student-athletes that do not have scholarships do not have a way to pay for college, so college athletes should receive some type of compensation for representing their colleges, because there is

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