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Historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta has made a bold move. The women's school will drop its intercollegiate sports program in favor of creating a wellness program that will affect all students.
Because only 80 of Spelman's 2,100 students are varsity athletes and because African-American adult women have high rates of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, college president Beverly Tatum believes that the school's nearly $1,000,000 sports budget can be better spent on initiatives that could offer life-long benefits to everyone. (See Wellness)
My best guess is that this decision will have only a small impact on prospective Spelman students. Some who plan to play sports in college will have to look elsewhere, of course, but other high school girls may be attracted by a campus without athletic hoopla.
So here's my question ...
If YOUR target college were to drop varsity sports in order to spend the money elsewhere, would it be a plus, a minus, or a neutral?