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The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed.

Student-athlete success

More than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships is distributed each year along with access to medical care, academic support services and first-class training opportunities.

NCAA membership

Nearly 1,100 colleges and universities in NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III collectively invest in improving the experiences of student-athletes.

Student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom and for life is at the heart of our mission.
Spotlight: How the NCAA Works

Explore this NCAA Champion magazine feature that shows how 1,121 schools, more than 100 conferences, tens of thousands of athletics administrators and more than 460,000 student-athletes come together to make the NCAA work.

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Seeing it through

Chaz Davis lost his sight after one cross country season.But he couldn’t give up on running, and his team didn’t give up on him. Read More.

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"My message to our coaches, staff, donors, ticket holders is it's important they realize our 400 student athletes are just that - student athletes. There's a reason why we call them student-athletes and not athlete-students. I don't want our athletes and our folks associated with them to forget the fact that ... their No. 1 priority is to get a degree."

John Hartwell, Utah State University vice president and athletics director.