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University of Akron loaning tablets to athletes

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 09:32 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron is planning to loan tablet computers to about 500 athletes within a year, with plans to eventually do the same for all its students.

The university began the pilot program last spring to about 30 men’s and women’s basketball players and plans to add students in other major sports over the next year.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the school began with athletes because they face time crunches that other students don’t have.

The initiative is aimed at helping students keep up with their schoolwork while giving them easy access to material their coaches want them to have, like game film and playbooks.

Other schools have similar programs, including Ohio State, Stanford University, Fresno State and the University of Maryland.

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