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NCAANational signing day is Wednesday.  It’s a day that gets an incredible amount of hype.  It elevates many but discourages more.

If your kid isn’t an elite athlete, national signing day can leave you cold, worried, anxious.  Of course, tomorrow is just football’s big day, but this kind of hype can send chills down the spines of parents whose athletes compete in other sports.

Why?

Because the air of uncertainty creeps into your mind and emotions.  What if my kid doesn’t land a scholarship?  What if all our effort isn’t rewarded?  What if we can’t afford college unless my son or daughter gets a scholarship?  What if…? Continue reading

FootballFor many high school athletes, they make their college choice for the wrong reasons.  Here are my top 5 wrong reasons for choosing a particular program:

1.  My father (or mother) went there.

2.  They’re my favorite team.

3.  I like the campus. Continue reading

college athletesEvery parent alive would love for their kids to get a complete scholarships and dodge the escalating tuition bullet.  For athletes, these are called full rides.  We read about them in the paper on signing days, and the write-ups make it seem like every scholarship athlete is rewarded with a full ride. 

But no.  That’s not true.  Continue reading

When it comes to Tim Tebow and his supporters, it appears no circumstance goes wasted as an opportunity to encourage others – even in times of unemployment from the NFL for the Christian athlete.

That’s what the Christian Post reported earlier today.  The online publication commented on Tony Dungy’s advice for Tebow, and went on to say:

“I know Tim Tebow must be frustrated that he hasn’t found the right team yet and is still searching.  Here’s the advice I would give to Tim as he waits for his new team,” wrote Tony Dungy, retired NFL coach and national spokesman for All Pro Dad, in his blog.

Dungy’s words come as an introduction to his short video clip on the All Pro Dad website in which he says, “Tim Tebow, I know, is really disappointed that he hasn’t got it going and on a team, in a direction, knowing what locker room he is going to be in right now, but the advice I’d have for Tim is just to be patient, be faithful, the Lord has a good spot for you, He’s going to give you the right situation.”

 

There will be a lot of hoopla tomorrow when we hear about all the athletes who sign a national letter of intent, especially in the football world.  It makes you feel kind left out if you don’t sign.  But don’t be discouraged, because not all athletes will sign this week.   In fact, in most sports, there will be plenty of spots open for this year’s seniors.  Don’t panic.  Continue to do the things we teach you at Recruit-Me, and you’ll get noticed.

You have to stay focused, and what better coach to tell you that than the great Tony Dungy.  Here’s what he said at the NCAA National Convention:

(From the NCAA) Adam Bienstock started playing football as a freshman at Dwight Englewood High School in New Jersey. He then played as a freshman and sophomore at Ithaca College before deciding to hang up his cleats.

 Adam Bienstock

His career was similar to those of the hundreds of thousands who play college football and the millions who play at the high school level: He never played on a championship team and he never got carried off the field in celebration. As an offensive and defensive tackle, he never scored a touchdown (although he did get to carry the ball once during his high school career).

But he did save a life. And it was because of football.

In January, Bienstock completed the process of bone marrow donation. That process started last April when he was one of 350 participants in a “Be the Match” bone marrow registry sponsored by the Ithaca football team. Seven months later, after weeks of being tested, taking shots and preparing for the harvesting process, Bienstock underwent a seven-hour procedure that collected his white blood cells. The end result: a 50-year-old man suffering from cancer was given a chance at life after receiving Adam’s cells.

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