Student/Athlete or Athlete/Student?
iROC - Investigating Research on Campus
Please be with us November 16th when Scott Russell, School of Business, presents Student/Athlete or Athlete/Student?.
In 1972, when Title IX was passed into law, there were two distinctly different organizations administering collegiate sport. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) controlled men’s sports, and the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) governed collegiate sport for women. While the NCAA promoted competition, public recognition of successful athletic programs, and fame for individual athletes, the AIAW model of athletic competition was derived from the perspective of sport as part of the overall educational process. The leaders of the AIAW were all collegiate educators whose focus was scholarship and teaching in the area of Sport and Physical Education. AIAW member schools (more than 900) promoted participation over competition, the strength of a school’s academic programs over bowl victories and national championships, and individual success in the classroom over performance on the playing field. When the NCAA successfully took over the AIAW in 1982, the principles of the AIAW were lost from collegiate athletics. What if the AIAW had prevailed in its 10-year battle with the NCAA? What would collegiate athletics look like if it was governed by a body that emphasized academic excellence instead of billion-dollar television contracts? What if they (the AIAW) were right?
Scott Russell is Assistant Professor of Sports Management in MSMC's School of Business. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Purdue University. Additionally, he has coached both men’s and women’s water polo at the collegiate level (Michigan, Purdue, Harvard) for 20 years, and served on the coaching staff of the US Women’s National Team for almost 10 years.
Student/Athlete or Athlete/Student? will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
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