Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2018

Department 1

Africana Studies


Student athletes are an integral part of NCAA divisions, specifically student athletes of color. Through research regarding athletic and economic statistics, it has been proven that the necessity of talent in athletics is far more important than success in academics. Student athletes are often represented through their role as an athlete first, then followed by the role of the student. Graduation rates, athletic success, and economic profit is all explored in a racial context in this paper in order to further prove the exploitation that institutions involve themselves in.


Written for AFS 250: Black Bodies in American Sporting.