ERIC Number: ED115627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Text of Presentation Monday, June 7, 1971; CAHPER Convention, University Committee Athletic Scholarship Panel.
Windsor Univ. (Ontario). Faculty of Physical and Health Education.
The introduction of new scholarships and awards in Canadian college athletics led to a panel discussion at the 1971 Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation on the issue of opposing or supporting such scholarships. The first participant supported them and felt it was wrong to assume Canadian sports would automatically imitate American mistakes of ignoring the athlete's academic life and allowing too much recruitment activity. The second participant felt athletes do not need special scholarships because in Canada financial aid is available to anyone who really wants a college education. Also, competitive recruiting would mean appealing to Americans to the disadvantage of Canadian boys, and the healthy, relaxed atmosphere surrounding Canadian sports in the past would be lost. A government spokesman supported third-party scholarships, particularly those in which the athlete gets the money from the government and decides for himself where to go to school. He did not see why sports should be singled out as a cultural activity not worth supporting. He also suggested that offering scholarships would keep promising athletic talent in Canada. The next participant warned that over-recruiting and commercialization in sports would follow, with physical education teachers having to engage in extensive recruiting and noncompetitive sports losing support. He said that the costs incurred in attracting larger audiences to big sports events cancel the profits. Reactors then gave additional views to which panelists replied. (CD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Windsor Univ. (Ontario). Faculty of Physical and Health Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada