The exploitation of athletes is hardly a new phenomenon, but the alarming rate at which the private high school sports machine is targeting young student-athletes should be a red flag warning for parents and students alike. It’s an ugly truth that deep-pocketed private high schools are building a multi-million-dollar business off the backs of young athletes, not unlike college athletics. On the surface, recruiting is hardly negative. After all, being part of a higher profile athletic team as a pathway to a D1 college scholarship, and hopefully a pro contract, is the Big Dream.
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