JUST RELEASED: The new episode of The Athletic Scholarship Podcast: 10 Questions Parents Ask — And the Answers. Over the years, I’ve received some great recruiting questions from parents, so I thought I’d start the new year answering 10 of the most common ones. The answers should help you wherever you are in your scholarship journey. Listen now.
I was in Ghana, West Africa last week and a high school athlete approached me. He was a soccer player, of course, or “football” as it is known there.
I was at one of the tourist attractions in the country and he was walking up to all of us to raise money to buy new uniforms for his high school team. He told me that someday he’d be a star and I would see him on TV. This boy had a dream. In a country where the average wage is $3 a day and people are struggling to make a living, he still had a dream.
I think about the high school athletes in this country. How much are our kids willing to work to achieve their athletic dreams? How much will they sacrifice to do what it takes to be recruited and get a scholarship? It takes a lot of work.
Compared to the boy I met in Ghana, kids in the U.S. have it real good. The basics of life are provided for and the standard of living is way beyond $3 a day. Our kids compete on travel teams, go to to tournaments regularly, have excellent facilities, go to week-long sports camps and often enjoy nice hotels when they do travel. I’m not saying every high school athlete has these benefits, but it’s prevalent across the country.
My point is that we need to count our blessings. Student-athlete, you have a platform to be one who gets recruited and get a scholarship. Combine that with your athletic ability and you’ve got a shot at it. You’re miles ahead of a kid in a country that has little opportunity. But so many of them make the most of their opportunities and pursue their dreams. Even if it means approaching strangers at a tourist attraction and ask for sponsors for his uniform.
Based on the blessings you have, what will you do today in your pursuit of an athletic scholarship?