Monday, July 07, 2008

Equitable Sports Get Unequal Treatment by NCAA

A Dallas Morning News article really puts it in perspective.

While they discuss the inequities between male and female athletic scholarship numbers in the piece, it was this statement by baseball dad Tim Sibley that really caught my eye:

"But I'm looking at the sport as a chance for my son to become a better-rounded individual. We don't look at it from the standpoint of we're putting all this money in with the hope a scholarship will pay us back because it's not going to happen."

Roster caps and program cuts means more and more families are seeing how mismanaged athletic budgets and Title IX have limited their sons' athletic futures.

There's an excellent chart at the end of the article showing the difference in athletic scholarships available to each sport.

Notice that the sports like tennis, swimming, water polo, track, etc. (that have historically offered the same facilities, coaching, equipment, etc. to both men and women) have very different numbers when it comes to available scholarships. While the women get the gold, the men get the shaft.

See the article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is an uphill battle when colleges award 10 and 12 scholarships to women's programs such as Team Handball and Squash yet only award 9.9 to men's swimming! Wow.