By Leida Nunez
Some people may argue that covid-19 has been beneficial because they have more time on their hands and can work from the comfort of their home but this isn't the case for everybody. Student athletes have been struggling with mental health and with staying on top of their work without an outlet. It is proven that sports actually help and keep student athletes on top of their grades because they know that if they don't have good grades they can't play and will go on athletic probation until they qualify to play again. According to student writer Rayna Acha in her news article, “Sports participation causes students to do better in school,” she states that, “in order to be eligible to play a sport, a 2.0 GPA has to be maintained. The expectation is that students will stay on track to graduate and if they cannot do that then they will no longer be able to play their sport, at least until their grades are improved.” This shows that sports actually help student athletes stay motivated and do good in school so that they can do what they most love.
When the pandemic hit, it left many student athletes without hope. Many of these student athletes use sports as an outlet and get away from the real world because when they are involved in sports they don't have to think about what's going on at home, they have a goal and one goal only and that is to get better every day and win games. Also a lot of these student athletes use sports as an opportunity to go to a good college and actually be their family’s pride. They also see it as a way out because they don't have the funds to be able to go to college and pay for it or because where they come from isn't a place to be proud of so they want to be better than what they seen all their life. In the article ‘’Sports and Society: Can Sports Be an Effective Path out of Poverty for Youth?’’ by Justin Goldman it says, “Athletes have long used sports as a means to get out of a life of poverty. Whether it be Joe Frazier making it out of the slums of North Philadelphia or Marshall Faulk getting out of the Desire projects in New Orleans, sports have long proven to be a route out of poverty into a life of fame and fortune.’’ This shows that sports are more than just games for majority of student athletes. They are a necessity.