February 12th, 2016 | Uncategorized
We have all been in a position in our lives where the future is unknown. If your like me, you would understand that it’s tough to swallow the idea of not knowing what exactly you want to do with your life once college is over. Surreal how studying for exams, practicing or playing collegiate games, and submerging yourself into the community can come to an end with just a blink of an eye. Constantly torn between getting a “real-life” job or continuing to play overseas.
Well, my friend, I strongly encourage you to apply to be a Victory Scholar. You don’t have to give it all up as you can continue the dream in Ireland. Life as a Victory Scholar is…
…Playing basketball. Dedicating numerous of hours to a sport you love is hard to give up. However, as a Victory Scholar you play for your college and in the local club team against others Irish clubs in other counties. That competitive edge can continue yet in my experience, I’ve even regained my love and passion for sport.
…Giving back to the community. You aren’t only playing the sport you love but you get the opportunity to coach it as well. We all know those people in our life that have inspired us to play the game, giving us life when we started loving the game and giving us confidence when we started getting good at it. You can do the same for young children here in Ireland. You have the ability to teach kids lessons, both basketball and life lessons. You have the ability to get into the various Irish communities and make a difference, impact a life. Quite frankly, this aspect of the Victory Scholarship shocked me the most. Accomplishing things I never thought I could possibly do, cherishing how I am the contributor to a child’s smile, fun, and eagerness for sport.
…Excelling your academics at a master’s level. Life as a college athlete in the U.S., you would understand the difficulty of studying abroad due to summer workout commitments. Thanks to Sport Changes Life, you can easily get this chance right here in Ireland. You are not just gaining knowledge at a high level, but you also learn from versatile, international perspectives, which are tangibles difficult to reach in America especially at an undergraduate level.
If these three things highly interest you, you MUST apply. Don’t let the dream die. If you are worried about coming to a new country…don’t be. The Irish are the most welcoming people I’ve ever met. The members of the Sport Changes Life Foundation become your family as they wheel you in with open arms. SCL is a great organization that partners with the different basketball clubs and academic institutions in Ireland to create opportunities for Americans and the youth. Even Rory McIlroy admired the mission of SCL with his recent partnership through The Rory Foundation to continue to aspire youth through sport. Don’t miss an opportunity of a lifetime! The link below will directly link you to the application :):
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland