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Can the Jeremy Lin Phenomenon Help Change the Academic Expectation of Student Athletes?

February 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

While Jeremy Lin is a sensation on the NBA court, we should take this opportunity to start a campaign that focuses student-athletes on the student part of the equation. I have read a lot of articles regarding this phenomenon. Some of the articles have been uplifting, others ridiculous, and some right on target but none of the articles that I have read thus far focused on a very important problem that we are facing today.

Many of the student-athletes do not invest as much time improving their skills as students as they do as athletes. Prep Schools make it possible for a student athlete who didn't qualify for admission to a college right out of high school to raise their GPA while playing for the prep school so that they can attend a college in the future. This is a cop out that allows student athletes to underachieve which continues this cycle of poor performance as a student while performing at high levels as an athlete.

I would like to take this opportunity to foster a new renaissance era where adults focus student athletes on their academics as well as their athletic prowess. I would like for more announcers, parents, teachers, principles, administrators, deans, provost, presidents, and everyone who is involved and who value the lives of these student athletes to say to the student that you must be academically intelligent while playing your desired sport at a high level.

If Jeremy Lin can come out of Harvard to have the type of impact that he is having on a sport that values a human being's physical ability, then all student athletes can work as hard on their minds academically as they do on their game so that they can at least qualify to be considered by Harvard.

Personally, I think that we need more Jeremy Lin's in the league so that we can start to change the perception of an image of a talented basketball player. I would like to go back to the days where it was an honor to be on the honor roll while dominating on the court or field. I want intelligence to be cool again where your grades made you standout as much as your ability to shoot a basketball or make a tackle.

While I don't know if we will ever get back to that time, I think with Jeremy Lin's success we can try and still have credibility with the students!

St. Roland JeanCharles is a real estate investor, entrepreneur from NY.

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