Realizing the many facets in which sports touch people is something that never ceases to amaze me. And at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, we love talking about the power of sport. It might be that we’re in the business of doing so, but it’s pretty rare to be able to say that on a daily basis, we see sports change lives.
While for us, that generally means through a college scholarship for playing your sport at the next level, sports can better lives in ways that never necessarily involve having your name on the roster.
A great example of this reach is Jacob Mosley.
Caddying took Jacob Mosley from a homeless teen to a scholarship recipient and degree-earning young adult. He wasn’t a golfer – he actually had never set foot on a golf course – however, he seized the opportunity the sport presented and worked with everything he had to learn the rules, the etiquette, the practice and the power of the sport in order to put himself through school and eventually earn a scholarship caddying.
In return, he gained faith in who he was and what he could do. He gained a passion for the sport, and for making life better for himself and his family.
You can learn more about Jacob, and the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation, in the video below:
The life lessons – and life changing experiences – sports bring us aren’t just from being the ones playing on the field. All kinds of people, from all walks of life, can reap the many benefits of sports once their spark is ignited. Once they wake up and live their lives the best they can because participating in their passion relies on it. To wake up knowing that this one thing enhances your being more than very little else.
So how are you honoring the ability to play your sport?
Here are some ways you can pay homage to the power of sports you love so much that could also give you a leg-up on college applications when the time comes. Above all, they’re a way to give back to one of the most important parts of your life as a student-athlete.
Demonstrate the power of sports to the next generation
Stop by an area little league practice. Or a youth tennis clinic, a peewee soccer camp, or your alma mater’s conditioning and work out with the team.
It’s not a season-long commitment or hours of your life, but it will leave an impression on everyone there.
Think about how incredibly cool you thought the older athlete was when you were little? Alums that came back to my grade school for a practice were our idols. Hands-down.
Something so small can do a lot of good, and give back to the sport that’s given you so much.
Bonus: you can talk about it on a college application or admissions essay.
Thank your coach for introducing you to the power of sports
I’ve said it before, and I will say it a million times over again. The sentiment and thoughtfulness a handwritten letter can really go a long way.
Much like our teachers, the work of a coach often goes unsung. Your coach makes little-to-no money for his or her involvement in your team, and more than likely comes to your practices or games after putting in a long workday elsewhere.
Small acts of appreciated, like a simple “thank you” note, will help remind your coach why they’re doing what they’re doing, and will speak volumes about the kind of student-athlete you are.
Your relationship with your high school coach is also imperative to your recruiting process, as college coaches interested in you are going to talk to your coach to find out all they can about the kind of kid you are.
Take time to foster the relationship now, and set a good example for your team at the same time.
The ultimate way to honor the power of sport and the lessons and experiences it bestows? Working hard.
On the field and in the classroom, give it all you’ve got because the bottom line is that not everyone is as fortunate as you. As fortunate in ability, as fortunate with a support system.
Look at Jacob Mosley. He put everything he had into immersing himself into the world of golf and caddying, never having played the sport before, and it changed his life.
Use the opportunity ahead of you for all it’s worth, and show gratitude for all that sports has given you by giving your sport all of you’ve got.
We’ll help you make the most of your passion and your talents in your sport. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.