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COLLEGE ATHLETES: Focus as much on education as sports

Letter by Stan R. Sidor, Tacoma on March 17, 2011 at 11:40 am | 5 Comments »
March 17, 2011 11:40 am

Re: “Overton rejoins team” (TNT, 3-16)/

So, Washington Husky basketball player Venoy Overton knows that the damage to his reputation may linger, and he doesn’t want to be known, especially in his hometown, for providing alcohol to a minor or anything even more serious than this (he wasn’t charged with a more serious infraction).

While not diminishing the significance of what he has been charged with, he should also be concerned with the impact on his reputation when you consider that he is supposedly college-educated, yet cannot even speak using proper English (assuming he was quoted correctly).

I cringe every time I read a quote from a college-level athlete who demonstrates that his focus has been less on receiving a good education than being a good athlete. These student-athletes should seriously consider that very few of them will have a future playing a sport, but they will all need a good education as a fallback in order to earn a living other than as an athlete.

The ability to not only read and write but also speak well are critically important skills in our society.

So, Overton is being coached well in basketball, but what level of “coaching” has been happening in the classroom, and how much “practice” (ie., studying) has he done outside the classroom?

Perhaps he might consider also sitting out the NCAA tournament and focus instead on honing his English skills?

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