We've all heard or used these expressions related to mental acumen: not the sharpest tool in the shed; lights are on but nobody's home; not a rocket scientist… the list goes on and on. And when it comes to athletes, the dismissive adjective sometimes used to describe competitors is sometimes "dumb jock".
Well, good news comes our way from the University of Hawaii. For all of those doubters and skeptics about the role of athletics in the context of a college experience or education, guess what? The University of Hawaii student athletes, as a whole, registered a 3.02 grade point average for the spring semester. The UH student body as a whole compiled a 2.97 GPA for the spring term. The student athletes at UH, most of whom miss class time and have to really major in time management to ensure success, had a better GPA than the UH-Manoa undergraduates as a group. And the more recent fall results show an uptick, as student athletes scored a 3.05 GPA. Results for the whole student body aren't in yet from the autumn term.
Bottom line, student athletes at UH not only work hard on the fields of play, they are doing quite well, thank you, in the classroom. Kudos to the kids and the UH coaches, who are bringing in engaged students and keeping a better eye on their academics than ever before to ensure compliance and results off the field, thus making sure we graduate true student-athletes. And as for your generic jokes for jocks, you'll have to find someone else to pick on. Oh, what was your GPA? Think about it.