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Should labor hours be accredited to student athletes?

Should labor hours be accredited to student athletes?

By Jenna Hughes

Student athletes put in a minimum of twelve hours a week toward their sport. Full time college students are expected to spend forty hours per week on their academics. An additional ten hours per week are required to be completed for the labor program. Would it be acceptable to credit some labor hours to student athletes?
Jillian Kendall ’18, biology major, is a member of Berea’s cross country team. Kendall says, “I think there should be standards. Athletics as a hobby should not be paid for, but athletes that are recruited should be able to get paid for it.”

Gabriella Sabino ’17, biology major, is on both the cross country and track teams at Berea. When asked if she thought student athletes should receive labor hours for their athletics, she responded, “No, absolutely not. If you want to do a sport, then you should do a sport. We should not get labor hours for doing a sport when we already go to school for free. Getting paid would make you a scholarship athlete instead of a scholarship student. If you want to do extracurricular activities, you have the freedom to do so. Several other clubs put in just as much time as athletes do, but they would never get paid to do so.”

Coach Shawn Jakubowski, Berea College Alum, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach, Assistant Men’s Cross Country Coach, and Head Men and Women’s Track & Field Coach says that he understands both sides. On the one hand, he feels that it should be a 0-5 position, simply because of the additional workload, effort, and time spent travelling that occurs within sports events, all on top of Berea’s grueling academic expectations. However, he also points out that being a student athlete is a choice. Participants are aware of the commitment that they are making when they sign up.

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