Benefits of Participating in College Sports

President Emeritus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Keith Miller is a past president of Virginia State University. A faculty member of the New Presidents Academy — American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Dr. Keith Miller, a Virginia resident, previously served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Presidents Council.

The NCAA is an organization committed to ensuring the well-being of student-athletes and providing them with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen sports. Competing in college sports can have many benefits for young students. The benefits include:

1. Academic success. Statistics show that NCAA student-athletes graduate at higher rates than their fellow college students. In addition, college athletes receive academic support through tutoring programs and state-of-the-art technology to help them succeed in the classroom.

2. Scholarships and student assistance funds. Every year, more than 150,000 of an estimated 480,000 student-athletes benefit from $2.7 billion in scholarships. The scholarships are disbursed by NCAA-member universities and colleges. Student-athletes participating in NCAA Division I games also have an opportunity to access over $75 million in student assistance funds. The funds can be used for emergencies such as purchasing an emergency flight ticket back home.

3. Medical care. Committed to ensuring the health of players, the NCAA promotes safe playing rules and superior medical practices. The association also makes available an insurance policy that covers all student-athletes, offering lifetime insurance benefits for medical expenses up to $20 million.