September; it is a month dominated by jam-packed stadiums, filled with prideful students and football fans, ready and willing to bear any and all elements, just to witness their beloved team kickoff the start of another football season. March Madness; a month that has been taken over, and even renamed, all because of loyal students and basketball fans filing into arenas night after night, day after day, to cheer on their favorite players just in time for tip off. What is really notable is the fact that these are just two examples (out of many different sports) that are able to capture the essence that is the college sports world. It is a growing industry that has the ability to reach almost any person. However, what is important to remember is that student athletes make that possible. Student athletes are the foundation of college sports. But for the continuous sacrifice of these student athletes’ minds, bodies, and time, the world of college sports as we know it today would not exist.
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