February 5th, 2016 | Uncategorized
For those basketball players whose final days of playing collegiately are numbered, you may be asking yourselves, “Where do I go next in life?”
For me, the answer was obvious after I heard about the Sport Changes Life program. As soon as I heard about it, I just knew; that’s what I wanted to do. Becoming a Victory Scholar appealed to me because of its three main components. These include the opportunity to give back to the community through youth development and coaching, to attain a business related Master’s degree from an esteemed Irish institution, and to continue playing the sport I love.
Making a difference in Irish communities is the most important aspect of the Sport Changes Life program. The whole idea of Sport Changes Life is inherent in its name; the purpose of the organization is to change people’s lives through sport. As a Victory Scholar, you will interact with children in your local community, usually through coaching basketball, in order to aspire them to brighter futures. If you want to truly impact the lives of young people, the Victory Scholarship may be the perfect fit for you.
The Sport Changes Life program gives its Victory Scholars the chance to broaden their horizons by living and studying in a country different to the one they have spent most of their lives in. Victory Scholars are given the incredible opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree from an Irish institution at no personal cost; tuition is completely covered by the Victory Scholarship. For all you college basketball players who dreamed of studying abroad but couldn’t due to time commitments to your sport, this could be your chance to make that dream a reality.
Continuing to play
Most college basketball players reach the end of their college career—at the peak of their ability—and simply stop playing. All the hours they have dedicated to refining their skills, perfecting their shots, and training their bodies abruptly become a thing of the past. However, the Sport Changes Life program gives these athletes a chance to continue playing competitively in Ireland for one more year. Victory Scholars play locally for the club team in their given city, and for their college team. Playing basketball in Ireland is more relaxed than college ball, allowing players to enjoy a less strenuous training schedule while at the same time falling in love with the game all over again.
If each of these aspects appeals to you, apply online now! Sport Changes Life will only accept applications until April, so get started on them soon. It will take a high quality application for you to be accepted into the program. However, if you are accepted, it will change your life and the lives of those you touch on your journey, forever.
Victory Scholar: Katie Fox
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: NEC
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: St. Francis College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland