In the current state of society today, money speaks foreverything. Since when does a solidified future substitute for aneducation and life experience. Young kids are foregoing theircollegiate careers in pursuit of ludicrous amounts of money beingthrown at 18 to 21 year-olds.
It’s almost as though these young kids are selling their soulfor the fast cash. It’s all a gamble, what happens to thathigh-schooler who gives up college to play in the professionalranks and then gets hurt or is unable to perform? Nothing, there isno one to look after them, their talent is what got them in thedoor and now that door is slammed shut leaving them unable to findnew means of getting by.
Granted, they can always spend a majority of their young livesin the farm system of whatever sport they are involved in, but whathappens when it is over? Where are all these scouts who promisedthem a career? Now there is no money potential and the “sharks” areno longer sensing “blood in the water.”
The sad thing about all this is we aren’t talking about seasonedveterans or even adults who have made poor life decisions. Theseare kids who are young, gullible and are prayed upon as if theywere the potential second coming of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlinor Oscar Robertson.
With the promises of riches filling the heads of amateurathletes, it’s amazing more of the early entries don’t findthemselves in a rut like so many of their colleagues. Maybe it’sthe product of good parenting or the strength of the American willto succeed at all costs.
Is it right for adults to make their livings off trying toconvince amateur athletes to forego a major part of theirdevelopmental process in order to guarantee a quick percentage oftheir “clients” signing bonus’.
Where has our society gone when the ones who are supposed toguide our youth through the times of change, sorrow, love andvulnerability begin to plan ways to make a dime off their talent?If it doesn’t seem to work out, then kick them to the curb.
If we are to allow young kids to forego their collegiatecareers, it should state somewhere in their contract, that if thecareer path they choose doesn’t work the teams who have make themineligible athletically should cover schooling.
Even if you think that this is absurd, remember th youth are ourfuture and we want them to be as educated and successful. Hopefullybuilding upon the foundation laid by those that came before us.