Kevin Ware’s injury is considered one of the worst sports related injuries to date, and it may end up costing him more than just his career.
Louisville Sophomore Kevin Ware suffered one of the most disturbing and career ending injuries ever seen in the NCAA tournament. While playing against Duke, Ware landed on the court after contesting a shot when he shattered his shin, exposing the bone and the flesh.
The tragically gruesome injury doesn’t just spell the end of Ware’s promising sports career, it also means dollar signs for the hospital caring for the NBA hopeful. Ware was not working under a guaranteed contract, and as a result is not automatically guaranteed a four-year education scholarship nor assistance with the oncoming medical bills.
In other words, the million dollar corporations are again screwing the little guy that helped them make their millions.
Division I NCAA basketball players get athletic scholarships for their performance, however the scholarships often do not cover the entire cost of attending college. Furthermore, many players (including Ware) aren’t guaranteed a four-year scholarship. In actuality, many colleges refuse to provide multi-year scholarships since the NCAA doesn’t mandate it for colleges and their players.
Essentially it means that if a player were to be injured while attending a school that refuses multi-year scholarships, the scholarships are often revoked.
While the NCAA has a Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program, the deducible is $90,000 and most players don’t even qualify for the coverage. Ramogi Huma, head of the National Collegiate Players Association, stated:
“If you don’t lose a limb, or motion in one of your limbs, you wouldn’t be considered catastrophically injure. Then it’s completely up to the school, or yourself.”
Kevin Ware will hopefully fully recover from his injury, and will (again hopefully) be able to renegotiate a multi-year scholarship with Louisville. In the end, he may just be the wake up call that the NCAA needs to support their players.
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