Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Letters to the Editor

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Delighted as I was to see the PKP Forum Summer 2016 issue focus on sports, my disappointment was that half of the issue's feature articles highlighted the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or the NCAA, as THE collegiate athletic organization. No mention was made of the NAIA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. While certainly NCAA is the big game in the nation, there are college athletes who excel in their sports at NAIA colleges and universities across the country.

Since 1937, the NAIA has focused on the student-athlete, and today the organization reports 65,000 athletes across some 250 colleges and universities with 25 national championships per year (see www.naia. org for more). I don't work for the NAIA, but I am a student-athlete product of what the NAIA has to offer.

Coming out of high school as a solid tennis player, though not a star athlete, I looked at many colleges across the Northeast and MidAtlantic states. It was a small, private university in West Virginia that was able to offer me the best package, scholarship money not only for academics but also to play my sport. …

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