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Basten College The Champions of the East A Scientific Report On Whether Athletics Should Be Instated At Basten College Presented By: Erich Ziegler SMC 111 Final Project Professor Jay Basten 4-17-01 An intercollegiate athletics program at Basten College would provide many positives for the college. We would like to focus on the benefits to the majority of your students which would be spectators and athletes. These include health benefits, social benefits, and the effects on politics and race. We would also like to address the problems associated with sports. After our presentation we hope you will be confident in the positive effects an intercollegiate program will have on your institute.

There are obvious benefits to being an athlete, specifically those related to one's health. Everybody should exercise at least three times a week in order to establish a healthy way of life. When one is part of a team, they are able to develop certain social skills that can benefit them throughout life.

Also, participating in a sport can increase one's level of self-esteem. "In selected patients with major depression, aerobic training can produce a substantial improvement in symptoms in a short time," (Dimeo et. al., 5) However, as important as all that is, the majority of the population at Basten College will probably not be varsity athletes. The majority will be spectators and fans. There are three main benefits to being a spectator. The first is the effects on academics. According to Karla Henderson watching sports or athletic events increases endorphin release in the brain, resulting in a higher aptitude and concentration level. So students have the ability to focus longer and retain more information while studying or attending class. The second reason deals with female's personal identity. According to Linda Marsa, "Participation in sports pays big dividends physically,