Antonia Bates, a sophomore with the Rutgers women's basketball team, participated in the CBS Sports Diverse Ambassador program at the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, aiming to provide BIPOC student-athletes exposure to sports journalism and broadcasting careers.

By the Numbers
  • Bates had the third-most blocks in the Big Ten this season with 46 (1.5 per game).
  • She ranked 14th in the Big Ten in assists with 95, averaging 3.2 per game.
Yes, But

Some may argue that such opportunities should be equally available to all student-athletes, regardless of race or background.

State of Play
  • Scarlet Knights For Life program assists student-athletes in exploring career interests and building skills.
  • The program was made possible by generous donor support.
  • Bates' journey was facilitated by the program, providing necessary preparations and support.
What's Next

Future developments may involve expanding similar career-focused initiatives for student-athletes across different sports.

Bottom Line

Antonia Bates' participation in the CBS Sports program highlights the valuable role of mentorship and support in preparing student-athletes for career opportunities beyond sports, emphasizing the importance of programs like Scarlet Knights For Life in facilitating such experiences.