Hazing Athletes: A Benefit or a Burden.
Although hazing athletes has been thought to exist only in fraternities and the military, it is also becoming an insidious problem in athletics, especially for high school and college students. A survey conducted by Alfred University, of 325,000 athletes at more than 1,000 National Collegiate Athletic Association schools, says that of the athletes surveyed, more than 250,000 of them experienced some form of hazing to join a college athletic team. Alfred University defines hazing as "any activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers, regardless of the person's willingness to participate- (Kelly 1). Athletes who haze one another are more likely to make others haze because they have had it done to them at one time or another. If hazing should be done, it should be done for laughs not to put an athletes life in danger. .
Most people do not realize that "unhealthy- hazing is even a problem in today's society. Another issue not realized is that the genre of athletes does not only affect male sports, but can affect female athletes as well. Elizabeth Allan explains a story of young sophomore girls who are hazed by their older teammates:.
Picture yourself as a 15 year-old girl at a summer sports camp with your high school field hockey team. As part of a so-called initiation rite to build the team's spirit, senior teammates put you through five days of .
torture, a gauntlet of twisted rituals. They tell you to bob for pig's feet, smear your buttocks and underwear with syrup, wear a dog collar, refer to your self as a slut, fill your mouth with hot peppers and fireball candy while the older girls tape your lips shut, and squeeze you and your sophomore teammates into a bathroom on a bus. As a final touch, the older girls preserve these embarrassing rituals on videotape. After you return home, you learn the tape is shown to boys from your high school (3).