Employers understand the skills required to be a college athlete and are targeting college athletes for employment.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-16/wall-street-hires-losers-turned-winners-after-college-athletics.html

The very early scouting for sports such as soccer and lacrosse reported in the  recent NYTimes article does not occur with rowing.  Such early recruiting does not benefit either party but there is pressure on both sides to engage in this practice.    Early recruiting may result in college coaches committing  to student-athletes who don’t develop as they expect and student-athletes  may  end up on on teams and at schools that are not be right for them.  Since early recruiting is outside of NCAA guidelines, there is no regulation of the activity and therefore there is essentially no protection for either side.  This means that a college could withdraw their “informal” commitment to a student-athlete late in the game leaving the student-athlete with fewer options.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/sports/committing-to-play-for-a-college-then-starting-9th-grade.html?_r=0

Increased financial aid within the Ivy League is “leveling the playing field” with schools offering athletics scholarship.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/sports/financial-aid-changes-game-as-sports-teams-in-ivies-rise.html?_r=1

The strength of willpower and self-control can have an huge impact on every aspect of life from work and school to personal relationships and mental attitude.

http://thedartmouth.com/2012/03/28/news/baumeister

The number of competitors at Club Nationals has increased steadily in recent years as youth rowing becomes more mainstream.  Junior rowing has exploded with many programs now attracting middle school student athletes.

 

http://www.row2k.com/news/news.cfm?ID=73445#.UAB17o6qZzR

Edward “Ned” Hanlan, winner of the World Professional Rowing Championship in 1880 is recognized as the first international superstar athlete.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303290904579276413187407476

Duke will increase rowing scholarships to maximum allowed by NCAA.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/16/4550133/duke-upgrades-womens-sports-programs.html#.

Temple University decision to reduce varsity teams from 24 to 17 affects both men’s and women’s rowing.

http://news.temple.edu/news/2013-12-06/temple-reduces-its-varsity-sports-24-17