March Madness … A Parent’s Madness
ad•vo•cate noun. a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
Verb publicly recommend or support.
As parents we have many responsibilities to our children. Being an advocate is one of those responsibilities.
I am a parent advocating for my son, Dreymon Jones, a freshmen student-athlete from Los Angeles, California currently attending Belmont Abbey College located in Belmont, North Carolina.
I am calling for the NCAA to investigate fake scholarships being offered to student-athletes from colleges/universities and to review the junior varsity programs at colleges.
What percentage of student-athletes (basketball players) would want to lose a year of eligibility playing less than 15 games in a season on a collegiate level? High schools play 25-30 games!
Belmont Abbey College had 5 players play on the JV Basketball team, but list 15 players on the roster.
The JV team played less than 15 games during the 2013-14 season.
I am also requesting for the NCAA to forgive this year of athletic eligibility for my son’s collegiate career and demanding for Belmont Abbey College to honor the athletic scholarship for this 2013-14 year.
Dreymon was offered an athletic scholarship to attend BAC to play basketball, but BAC has not honored the scholarship. Furthermore, the athletic department did not act in a timely manner on behalf of Dreymon’s NCAA eligibility clearance for the recent ending basketball season.
In August 2013 just days prior to the start of the school year, an assistant coach on staff at BAC who recruited and offered Dreymon Jones an athletic scholarship to play varsity basketball at BAC beginning the 2013-14 seasons. The scholarship offer came with stipulations.
The stipulations stated by the assistant coach was to have Dreymon on campus for Orientation on August 16, 2013 and allow the assistant coach to use his name (Dreymon) only on the school’s JV Basketball team roster for a period of 2-3 weeks. The assistant coach explained it was due to a numbers issue for the program. We had never heard of colleges having a junior varsity program! We made it clear to the assistant coach Dreymon wasn’t coming 2500 miles to play on a JV team in college! The assistant coach assured Dreymon he would not be playing on the JV team and he would be with the varsity program.
I assume since the JV basketball program was having a numbers issue it may have been in jeopardy of losing allocated funds for the program, so BAC makes sure they have enough on the roster.
I requested proof of the scholarship and the JV roster”name only” stipulation in an email before my son, Dreymon left Los Angeles for BAC, but the assistant coach asked us to trust him and guaranteed I would receive a copy of the scholarship contract when Dreymon arrived to sign the documents. August 16, 2013,
Dreymon Jones was scheduled to sign his scholarship contract since there was no letter of intent signed prior to arriving on campus at BAC. After one week of being on campus, I was called by the BAC finance office informing me there was no athletic scholarship for my son. I was livid!
I requested the finance department to research this mistake because under no circumstances would we would have agreed to enroll Dreymon at BAC without the athletic scholarship!
The assistant coach who recruited Dreymon was either relieved of his duties or asked to resign from BAC in October 2013.
To this date Dreymon has not received the scholarship. BAC has Dreymon’s student account “on hold”. Dreymon Jones was honored at the end of the 2013 Fall Semester as a member of the Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Presidential Honor Roll.
BAC claims Dreymon was not eligible to compete in collegiate basketball this season because of his academics.
The Belmont Abbey College assistant coach was an agent of the school acting on the school’s behalf when recruiting my son, so therefore Belmont Abbey College should honor the athletic scholarship offered by the assistant coach. The school took action on the assistant coach; now take the right action towards the student-athlete. Don’t punish the student-athlete!
I am asking educational organizations, family organizations, women’s organizations, social change organizations, religious leaders, community activist organizations and any other group that will write a letter to Belmont Abbey College asking the college to “do the right thing”, honor the scholarship offered to Dreymon Jones!
Mail your letter to:
Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont-Mt Holly Road
Belmont, NC 28012
Attention: Dreymon Jones Scholarship
Thank you, Johnni Matthews
Parent of Dreymon Jones