Petition To NCAA To Change Decision On Evan Battey's Eligibility
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Evan Battey was FORCED to take a redshirt (meaning he can't play this year) by the NCAA because of some issues he had to overcome as a young man (aged 12-13). His parent made the difficult decision to prioritize his education, took away basketball and he ended up repeating 9th grade.
BECAUSE of his mother's stance about a temporary problem 5 YEARS AGO he raised his grades, become a model student and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Colorado.
This article written by Gary Parrish of CBS Sports will give you a sense of the absolute ridiculousness of NCAA's decision. Please read the article and listen to the audio.
As a result of standing in the gap for her son, he turned his academic life around and is now an excellent student and an outstanding basketball player. He is also a young man of high character. I know him personally and can attest to how great this young man is.
This story by Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register from March will give you a glimpse of how special this young man is! Please take a moment to read it.
This is the type of change we HOPE happens when we stand firm for our children. As a result of the difficult choice of his parent and the repeating of his 9th grade year, the California Interscholastic Federation took away the eligibility to participate in his senior year of high school. Yesterday the NCAA declined a waiver to allow him to play his freshman season even though he is successful in the classroom.
Evan Battey is a role model for how he has accepted his fate (losing three years out of the last 6) for struggling academically for a short period of time as a young teen. I strongly feel the failure to grant a waiver in spite of the overwhelming evidence that Evan Battey is primed to be a successful student because of the choices of his parent is short-sighted and tone-deaf, particularly in light of the scandals plaguing college athletics.
Please sign the petition to request that the NCAA review this decision. With all of the scandal going on in their oversight of college athletics, to punish a great young man, while allowing problems going on at the blue blood programs going unpunished is frankly unjust and corrupt.
How long should a young man pay for a problem he had in his early teens?
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Here are some additional articles to read about Evan's situation.
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