Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Letters to the Editor

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Graduation Is Important

for College Athletes

Dear Editor:

For Temple University basketball coach John Chaney to think that college athletes not graduating is no big thing is for Coach Chaney to not want his athletes to follow in his footsteps. (see Black Issues, Nov. 26, 1998)

I have been watching the coach for more years than I can remember. He is truly one Black coach who has paid his dues to get to where he is today. He fought against all odds and won. If he could achieve great success in a very racist society, then the players of today, especially his players, have fewer excuses for their failure to graduate. Scholars like Ralph Bunche, Paul Robeson, and Charles Drew were great athletes.

The brain is a muscle. Athletes who are disciplined enough to develop their other muscles should have the discipline to develop their brain. Just out of pride, athletes should want to graduate from college. Having thousands of people cheer you while they think of you as dumb because of your lack of class work is not a worthwhile situation.

If we Blacks want to see more Black men like Ralph Bunche, Paul Robeson, Charles Drew and John Chaney in our future, we had better make graduation a big thing. …

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