Life After College Athletics

Jonathan Kanda

News Writing

Professor McNulty

05/12/2019

 

Life After College Athletics

 

Majority of athletes attend their 4 years College with hope of someday continuing their career at the professional level. As good as it sounds, only 1% of athletes in every sports category, get the chance to play at the next level. The label “Student Athlete” was created to remind athletes to take care of their academics and figure out their back up plans, just in case their plans to play at the professional level do not go through.

 

Unfortunately, there is still a vast amount of athletes that prioritize their professional dreams without having a back up. The risks of injuries are really high when it comes to sports such as football or soccer. The worst thing that could happen to an athlete is a career ending injury.

 

I believe every school should encourage their athletes on having a second option after their done with their college athletic career. It is important for not only student athletes, but all students in general to always have more than one plan. “I suffered a torn ACL injury my senior season and all my dreams of going professional ended right there between 30 and 35 yard lines.” Senior Isaiah Watson said. Isaiah who is also an excellent student majoring in business, has already a back up plan. His back up plan to pursuit his master next year at Marist where he will also be an assistant football coach. “Being a coach here was never my plan, but with different circumstances, I had to come up with a different plan.”

 

Athletes devote all their time and also invest their time in their sports. Some wake up at 5:00 in the morning to go to practice and then get ready for class, to then do homework and do the same thing for the rest of the week. “As an athlete we do not have time for ourselves and just a little bit of time to socialize.” Senior Peter Delatour said.

 

It has come to a point where we could said that athletes are getting exploid. To be a student athlete has to be one of the hardest thing to do in college and the reason why is because their run against the clock everyday. “Honestly, if i were to start my college career all over, I would not play sports at all because I started feeling like a robot overtime.”  Senior Aaron Jackson said.

 

I believe that it’s on the coaching staff to have regular meeting with their athletes where they’d be discussing plans after college, back up plans, help their athletes finding internships because at the end of the day, athletes leave their parents and their coaches become a father figure for them, and what does a father does for his children, create a path for a successful future.

 

Athletes that do not have backup plans should have as a role model George Foreman an ex boxer that after his career started his own successful business, he created the George Foreman grill known for its ability to reduce fat. The reason why athletes should look up to people such as George Foreman is because he’s the perfect example that there is a life after sports, you never know when your career could end so it’s best to have a back up plan.

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Backyard Workout

By Jonathan Kanda

There is a wide range of new year resolutions with the most popular one being  fitness. The student population at Marist College, will have to find a new resolution. With the McCann Renovation and the demolition of the old gym, Marist College opened up a  temporary gym (tent) which is three times smaller than the old gym and could only hold a small capacity of people.

Despite the size of the gym, what killed most students resolution hopes is the gym hours. “I love working out at 3pm and now I can’t anymore because us regular students have to wait until after 6 to use that tent.” Senior Diwani Cummings majoring in Biochemistry said.

 

Marist College athletics passed a rule that only gives student athletes access to the tent from its opening hours to closing time,  leaving non-athletes without the ability to use the gym before the sunset. Aaron Suma, a strength and conditioning coach said, “The reason why only our athletes have access to the gym during daylight is because space and the amount of athletes we have play a big role.” Aaron Suma, Strength and conditioning coach said.

 

Although it would be a dream of every student athlete to possess their own facility, a tent is not what they were looking for. “The risk of injuries are high especially during those snow days because all the platforms get wet,” an anonymous athlete said

 

To avoid over packed gyms, Marist has opened a couple small gyms in different locations across campus. Although the idea of doing so is quite admirable, those small gyms do not contain all the materials a real gym is supposed to have. “Dude, I am 145 lbs, my new year resolution was to gain 20lbs of muscles not to lose 20, those small gyms on campus only have treadmills and things of that sort, last time I checked you can’t gain muscle weigh on a treadmill.” Isaiah Guischard said.

 

Marist college, a college known for its luxury has, failed to meet the luxury standard because of their innovative but poor idea of building a tent which cannot hold more than 150 people. “The idea was not bad at all, but the result is not what we expected.” Rhys Henry, an athlete on the rugby team said.

 

A wise man once said that promises are the sweetest lies, and believe or not, a majority of students here at Marist when it comes to the opening of the new McCann are skeptical. Marist announced that the McCann construction is going to be over by Fall 2019 and will have a new gym center open for all the students. “Well I think they hear us complain a lot and to calm us down, they just gave us a random ultimatum to calm us down. I don’t think it will be done by fall.” Dymond Wright said.