Some UW-Fox athletes advocate being paid Work Study to compensate for long hours practicing and lack of substantial benefits, while others believe it would be a waste of campus resources.
Indy Johal, a freshman and basketball forward, says that UW-Fox athletes might be intrigued by being hired for Work Study in athletics.
“For basketball we never [get] offered any financial support,” Johal says.
Johal believes it would help athletes support themselves and their career coals.
“Yeah, it would support their classes and financial issues because getting a job during basketball season is very hard,” Johal says.
With a minimum of two-hour practices and then the time spent working out, Johal says that there is really no time for a job during the season.
With all the time spent dedicated to the sport all his other time is spent on schoolwork.
The only benefit students can get from basketball that will help schooling is one academic credit per semester of playing.
Keith Platte, a UW-Fox Valley freshman soccer player, disagrees with Johal.
“I think that if players really want to progress or become something, they need to be able to make that happen regardless of their situation. Enabling a player through money doesn’t really help them,” Platte says.
Platte thinks Work Study would attract more students to play, but at a cost.
“I think it would definitely attract more athletes. It may be benefit the Fox in that way but I don’t think it would do any good. Lots of players are thrown opportunities because of their money, but enabling a player in that way doesn’t really help them because they can lose passion for the game,” Platte says.
This might cause some of the athletes to just play for the money and not play for the love of the sport.
He also mentions that he also doesn’t receive or know anyone at UW-Fox who receives any kind of financial support for playing sports here other than the credits earned for playing a full year.
Johal, however, says that if people got more involved, the newfound volume would lead to more credibility for UW-Fox’s athletics program.
“It would definitely bring in more players and get more people involved in the sport which means in the end it will be taken more seriously,” Johal says.
Though, Platte doesn’t think it would be fair if only certain students had Work Study.
“Yeah, it wouldn’t be fair if only one had it,” Platte said. “I feel like if the program involved players getting paid, then it would have to apply to all athletes.”
If all the sports at UW Fox-Valley received the program, then Work Study would have to be funded for players school-wide.
Because of this, Student Senate President Brian Eberwein says that UW Fox-Valley should absolutely not pay for a Work Study program and that there would be no benefit to the school.
“The existing programs are merely glorified intramurals, and the student body should not have to pay for student athletes, especially at a two-year transfer institution where the focus should be on education,” Eberwein says.
He believes that such a program could not be supported by the university.
“No such program should be established. If, for some reason, a program such as that were necessary, I would recommend discontinuing athletics in full,” Eberwein says.