The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed.
More than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships is distributed each year along with access to medical care, academic support services and first-class training opportunities.
Student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom and for life is at the heart of our mission.
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We are a member-led, higher education association that appreciates the impact a college degree can have in transforming a life. NCAA employees come to work every day believing in their ability to make a difference.
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"My message to our coaches, staff, donors, ticket holders is it's important they realize our 400 student athletes are just that - student athletes. There's a reason why we call them student-athletes and not athlete-students. I don't want our athletes and our folks associated with them to forget the fact that ... their No. 1 priority is to get a degree."
- John Hartwell, Utah State University vice president and athletics director.