Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The NCAA is a § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization organized for the charitable purpose of fostering national amateur sports competition. Additionally, the NCAA asserts that it was founded “as a way to protect student-athletes.” The recent injury suffered by University of Louisville basketball player and NCAA student-athlete Kevin Ware, however, may alert people as to the NCAA’s potential shortcomings.
The NCAA does not require member institutions to provide guaranteed multi-year scholarships to student-athletes. While member institutions are free to do so on their own, many schools elect not to. This means that each year many NCAA student-athletes risk losing scholarship money. Further, if a student-athlete attending a school that has decided not to offer guaranteed a multi-year scholarship is injured, his/her athletic scholarship may be, and often is, revoked.