February 16th, 2016 | Uncategorized
For the college student-athletes that are soon to be college graduates, but are wondering what their next move is… don’t panic! I felt that same way about a year ago, it is a bit scary, yet a very exciting time. For me, my mind was scattered with ideas and potential plans. I thought about continuing to play basketball overseas, I thought about getting a full time job, and I also thought about freaking out because it was all so overwhelming!
That’s when I heard about the Sport Changes Life program, a program that combines sport, community involvement, and higher education all in one. The more I read about it, the more I realized it was a no-brainer to apply.
I know that there are a lot of college athletes that are just like me in the aspect that they’re not quite ready to give up the sport they love, but aren’t sure if playing overseas is for them. That’s why the Sport Changes Life program is so great. Being a Victory Scholar allows you to continue playing basketball at a competitive, yet fun and enjoyable level.
It not only allows you to continue playing the sport you love, but it also pairs basketball with the opportunity to inspire. Think about how many opportunities this sport has given you. Also, think about the people that inspired you to play the game you love. Wouldn’t it be cool to take part in inspiring young children to develop the same love for the game that you have? To experience opportunities similar to the ones you had? Take it from me; it will be one of the most fulfilling and gratifying moments.
If I still haven’t hooked you yet, what if I told you that on top of playing your favorite sport, while coaching and developing the youth of Ireland, you also get to advance in the classroom and earn a Master’s degree! Continuing your education at an international level is an experience that not many people get to have.
As I write this blog, I am very excited for all that read this and decide to apply because the journey you will embark on is incredible. But at the same time, I am sad because it means my time as a Victory Scholar in Ireland is coming to a close. I look back at all the wonderful experiences, opportunities, and friendships I have made and have been a part of during my time in Ireland all thanks to this wonderful program. It will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life.
It was a year ago that I sat at my desk in college and wondered if I should go ahead and apply for this program. You can only imagine how grateful and awesome I am feeling today knowing that I took the chance and filled out an application.
Don’t let an opportunity like this pass you by… apply now and really see how sport not only changes your life, but also the lives around you!
Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti
Present University: University of Limerick
US League: NEC
Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies
Alma Mater: St. Francis College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland