"I had athletes who were so unprepared for the course work, they were working on reading. They didn't know. They were just passed along."

Mary Willingham, Former UNC Learning Specialist

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The ability to continue your athletic career at the highest collegiate level and pursue a degree is a great opportunity. However, more often than people realize, many student-athletes do not receive an education. Just a piece of paper that says they did.

NCAA athletics is a $19 billion business where student-athletes are promised an education in exchange for their talent.

NCAA scandals from UNC and other schools have shown institutions passing student-athletes through their education systems by creating courses and doing course work for student-athletes so they can stay eligible to use their athletic talents for the university.

“I had athletes who were so unprepared for the course work, they were working on reading — reading letters and sounds. They didn’t know. They were just passed along and we took them in the front door of the institution and promised them, in exchange for their talent, that we were going to provide them with a world-class education. 
Mary Willingham (Former University of North Carolina learning specialist).

Some point to the education opportunity student-athletes receive. However, just because an opportunity exists doesn’t mean student-athletes can take advantage of it. The NCAA estimates that many student-athletes spend 33 to 44 hours a week in athletics alone. Many student-athletes can’t take advantage of internships and other opportunities to gain critical experience in their future career field. Even though over 98% of college athletes go pro in something other than sports.

The result is student-athletes leaving college not prepared to perform or compete in today’s workforce. We have seen many student-athletes graduate college reading at high school and middle school reading levels. We have seen many student-athletes graduate college with degrees based upon what fit their athletic schedule, what they could pass, or what they could complete in four years.  We have seen many student-athletes leave college without the skills necessary to be successful in today’s world and who are not prepared for life without athletics.

As former NCAA athletes, we have not only seen but experienced this. So we have come together to help advise and educate current and future NCAA athletes on how to make the most of their collegiate academic and athletic experience. Through our efforts, we hope to help student-athletes be prepared to be successful in life after their athletic careers are over.  We invite you to join us.

 

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