The value of the collegiate athletics experience is something you can’t put a price on. College sports provide opportunities for student-athletes to grow, develop leadership skills, get involved in their communities, and most importantly, earn a degree.
Of more than 1,100 NCAA member colleges and universities, only 20 schools make more money than they spend on sports each year. For the rest, resources from the NCAA help schools fund $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships every year, second only to the federal government.
The NCAA and its members are committed to providing opportunities for student-athletes to compete in college while pursuing their educations.
In short, we put our money where our mission is.
Meet some of the student-athletes who have benefited from NCAA revenue. They are succeeding on the field, in classroom and in life:
In November 2014, University of Iowa men’s basketball player Gabe Olaseni tragically lost his father to a brief illness. Through the Student Assistance Fund, Iowa was able to pay for Olaseni to fly home to London, England, to attend his father’s funeral service and spend time with his family. Olaseni went on to have a successful year and was named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.
Elizabeth Tucker graduated from Notre Dame with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a national championship with Notre Dame’s women’s soccer team. In honor of her leadership, community service, strong academics and athletics success, she was named the NCAA Woman of the Year in October 2014. The event is supported through funds designed for student-athlete services.
Professional runner and cofounder of Picky Bars, Lauren Fleshman is a former scholarship student-athlete at Stanford where she was a 5-time NCAA Champion. She credits her “nerdy Stanford background in science and athletic performance” in helping her create the perfect gluten- and dairy-free energy bar that athletes everywhere enjoy.
Arizona State football players
The summer before the 2014 college football season, the Arizona State University Sun Devils offered five walk-on athletes full scholarships. Chip Sarafin, Fred Gammage, Jordan Simone, Jason Franklin and Brandon Mathews were informed at a team meeting, after putting in hard work on the gridiron and in the classroom. Here’s the emotional moment they learned about their scholarships.
University of South Florida Student-Athletes
The University of South Florida provides its student-athletes with access to Mac laptops, allowing student-athletes to work on course assignments at any time and in any location. This initiative was made possible by an allocation from the NCAA Academic Enhancement Fund, along with the Bulls Club annual auction and a grant from the Verizon Foundation.