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Study shows black athletes are neglected acadmically

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A study by kinesiology professor Billy Hawkins shows that black athletes at predominately white National Collegiate Athletic Association schools are often physically exploited while being neglected academically. Across 36 sports monitored by the NCAA, men’s basketball has the lowest graduation rates, with less than two-thirds of players earning degrees. Even though black athletes comprise the majority of NCAA football and basketball teams, the four-year graduation rates in 2008 for black male athletes in these sports were 49 percent and 42 percent, respectively.