Just after the NCAA tournament, we posted a story about Shabazz Napier, a UCONN basketball player, saying that he went to be hungry sometimes. Now, the NCAA has responded by changing their policy.
The Legislative Council decided that Division I student-athletes on scholarship as well as walk-ons can receive unlimited meals and snacks.
“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” said council chair Mary Mulveena. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.”
It was Napier speaking out about the conditions of college athletes that spear-headed the change. “We’re definitely blessed to get scholarships to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything,” Napier told reporters. “We do have hungry nights when we don’t have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed.”
The Division I Board of Directors meets April 24 and the move is expected to be finalized.
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