Dr. Allan Friedman and Dr. Henry Friedman of the Duke Brain Tumor Center published a letter to the editor in today’s Chronicle as a response to a piece by two Duke professors lamenting the place of sports in college.

They write, in part:

Team sports teach students the advantages of working as a team, the need to work together to collaborate for a common goal, the necessity to make sacrifices to achieve that goal, the encouragement each member of a team receives to do their best and equally importantly the need to support the team members when things are not going well. Moreover, we have been fortunate to work on a daily basis with an extraordinary group of female varsity athletes as we mentor them for careers in medicine. These young women face amazing pressures to balance their academic and athletic demands and when they emerge from four years at Duke they are prepared to not only be successful in medicine but to ultimately be leaders in their respective medical disciplines.