There are different paths to success for student-athletes. Success does not mean “playing as a pro”. Athletics has a tremendous affect on academics and plays an important part in the success of many doctors, lawyers, etc.
You do not have to begin your college experience at a four year college. Many begin at a two year community college. Greats like Aaron Rodgers, who is a successful NFL player for the Green Bay Packers, and Jimmy Butler, who is a successful NBA player for the Minnesota Timberwolves, attended a community college.
Over 50,000 community college students participate in sports. The goal of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is to “promote athletics as a valuable component of the educational experience at community colleges”. Athletics teaches teamwork, values of challenge, discipline and perseverance.
NJCAA has 530 member colleges, and this includes 15 men’s sports and 13 women’s sports. They also have opportunity to experience National Championships and Bowls.
The Pirates have several graduates playing at the community college level. It is a great stepping stone toward the journey to success. Success comes from taking your current situation and making the best of it for your future. Whether your dream is to become a doctor or play in the NFL, keep striving when you are faced with obstacles. Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Butler are professional players who can look around at their teammates and be proud. It does not matter where they started; their different paths took them to the same place.