On somewhat a sister-issue … money for making it in college, has a silent current that flows under the radar of much of what the NCAA and similar organization try to avoid, and this activity has to do with Booster clubs, Sprit Team Organizations, and even local civic and fraternal entities.
On the surface, things can seem well founded and sincere in their efforts to help, support and encourage the athletics of the institution or even the community which the sport resides in. This kind of support can come in the form of donations, grants, student financial loan guaranties, housing, laundry and dry cleaning privileges, dinning accommodations, club and fraternal memberships, part time or even full time job placement, stipends of all kinds, free parking privileges, automobile usage and even free car rentals, and other amenities like certain companionship arrangements.
And before I go any further with my posting, let’s get something out of the way NOW. No one here is dumb-duda-stupid enough to actually believe that when given a privilege that goes by the name of WOW, that there’s no strings attached. And when I say no strings … I mean strings that go well beyond the playing field. So with this in mind …
Here’s the bottom line to the above – your usefulness is dependent on people that have an interest in the ROI (return on investment) that you can sustain. Unlike the normal channels of contributions to your college experience, these people and organizations have a much tougher agenda placed on you. Your ability to feed THEIR agenda … which has nothing to
do with your college experience … but more over THEIR social, economic, personal and financial agendas.
More young men and women with no experience in the world and how cruelly it operates, fall prey to these schemes - right out of high school. Football and basketball are plagued with this dilemma from time to time, and entire programs have been shutdown as a result.
If you’re set on going to college, there is an excellent guide published by the NCAA. Visit their web site and browse. You’ll be glad you did.
And as a further suggestion:
don’t accept loans from Boaster Clubs or its members.
don’t accept the free use of automobiles, apartments, laundry facilities and free dry cleaning.
don’t accept free or discounted meal plans off campus.
don’t accept course changes without your approval, stick to your major and elective’s group.
don’t accept compensation ($) from no-show jobs.
don’t accept compensation ($) from a job that pays way beyond the value of your services.
don’t accept companionship without responsible adult presence and supervision 24/7.
(if you need further explanation on this one, talk to your parents.)
don’t accept a student advisor who is not employed by the college or university as an advisor.
just because you’re an athlete does not entitle you to an automatic membership in a fraternity.
don’t accept merchandise gifts of any kind, discounts on purchases, or a “running account”.