The College Sports Research Institute (CSRI) 2011 Adjusted Graduation Gap (AGG) reports, the overall gap between Division I men basketball players and the general full-time male student body is substantial. Division I men basketball graduation rate lags (20.6%). The gap for student-athletes in major conferences (negative 32.4%). The 2011 AGG for Division I women basketball players (negative 9.4%). The AGG for women competing in major conferences (negative 14.6%).
"Student-Athletes are put on a pedestal in high school, removed from the earth and it's responsibilities, then top colleges recruit them. Students that score 1200 on the SAT and make straight A's can't get in, yet some of the athletes get in with lower test scores and study less difficult subject matter, because they are actually working for the universities. These guys have been exploited from the time it was obvious they could jump higher and run faster.
Athletes of stature don't walk on the ground and are allowed to play by different rules; once their use is gone, they are no longer protected, but while they are playing, much of their behavior is cushioned. They are insulated from regular rules, attending to regular classes and adhering to regular socializing processes; but when they are no longer playing, these guys often crash. There is a 75% divorce rate; guys who made all kinds of money cant get a job; drugs and liquor become anesthesia for their pain, and some get caught selling it." - Jessy Jackson
Educators have an enormous task of providing traditional curriculum to serve all learning styles, and although many coaches succeed at creating athletic success, they are often accused of undermining student-athletes educational needs. Student-Athletes have the motivation and work-ethic to become achievers in accomplishing their academic-athletic goals... they need a game plan to reach them. Sport Series Inc. is dedicated to bridging the hyphen (gap) between student-athletes by assisting school educators and coaches, community recreation programs, individuals, groups and organizations that provide sports and recreational activity for youth ages 8-18 to get excited about learning through play.