One of the joys in sports are the college games: Basketball, football, baseball, even track and others are examples of young adults, in their twenties, dazzling audiences in the bleachers, at home, or on car-stereo.
As they entertain, do we ever think about whether one has a mid-term tomorrow, a paper to finish, or chapters to read before next lecture; become a politician, philosopher or doctor; Do we even care to know? I mean, no one turns on the tv to see our up-and-coming college star got a B in Art Appreciation, C in Physics, and an A in Consumer Economics. What we care to know is how many points are scored, records broken, or witnessing potential athletic greatness unfolding.
So why do some get uptight when the term ‘student athlete’ is replaced with ‘semi-professional,’ describing the kind of condition some collegians are facing—interning for entering a draft.
It’s not clear exactly who should be called student athlete or semi-pro. What’s the difference: Money, endorsements, media coverage? Rules state that these collegians cannot benefit or received those directly anyway. And why not?
Experiences and lessons-learned also exist outside classrooms, schools, or colleges. Some have learned perhaps that most sobering and troubling lesson from their fans. That what they ‘do and show’ mean more to many than what they think and know.