Saturday’s baseball doubleheader was a reminder that another hyphen should be added to the student-athlete description. They also are financial contributors.
Per NCAA rules, the ‘Bows are allowed to disperse the financial equivalent of 11.7 scholarships among up to 27 players. Each player on scholarship receives a minimum of 25 percent of the scholarship’s value.
Translation: With a 35-player roster, every UH baseball player has to pay for part or all of his school and living expenses. That also is why the moped racks are filled during practices and games, and players shop for food at warehouse-club stores.
Even UH athletes on full rides need some extra pizza money. Several football players worked the concession stand — cooking and cleaning — for Sodexo during the doubleheader.
Even with school, sports and work, student-athletes have found time for community service. Nick Rolovich said his football players have been busy this offseason participating regularly in career days and Read Across America activities.
“This has been our best community service winter,” Rolovich said.