Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

August 14, 2013

Running the Point

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

Aug. 14, 2013 — For many senior student-athletes, some big decisions are looming about whether or not to look at colleges to extend their career.

Some may have offers on the table that might not be exactly where they want to go, but in this day and age, college is getting more and more expensive.

You will have an opportunity to go to college for free, continue playing the sport you love while getting a top-notch education. It seems to be a no-brainer.

Why pay to go to school when you can earn a scholarship to play sports for any division for free? On average, college costs anywhere between $15,000-$60,000 a year. I don’t know about you, but I do not have anywhere near that amount of money laying around somewhere.

I did not play sports in college; in fact I was far from it watching from the sidelines as a member of marching band (Hey, some consider that a sport). If I had an ounce of athletic talent during my high school years and wanted to play as long as I could, I would have worked on it to potentially earn a scholarship to play somewhere to play the sport I love.

More often than not, a scholarship offer will not come to an athletic program that you grew up cheering for. But an offer from a prestigious school where you might not have considered going will show up and want you to be a part of their college.

If you only get one offer, take it. No matter where or how far it is. Think about it. You get to play a sport you grew up playing for, dreaming one day of making it to the next level. Do not let anyone or anything stand in your way of achieving that goal. If you have many offers, choose one that best fits you and your family. You never know what your experience is going to be or how much you will remember your playing days as a member of that program.

Most people would trade everything they own for an opportunity to play sports in college because it is an exclusive club to student-athletes who have put in so much time to achieve what they set out to do in Little League.

Life is what you make it. If that means you are blessed with talent going out and playing sports at the college level, it is something you should want to do no matter what anyone says or does. I have always thought you control your own destiny. Go out and make it.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.