March 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized
The other day one of my friends on my club basketball team asked me if I would still apply for the Victory Scholarship again given the chance to go back in time. I quickly, with no hesitation gave my answer. My response however, seemed a little ironic to me because the reason I responded with such certainty is in some ways different than the reasons I applied for the program in the first place. I applied because Sport Changes Life offers a great opportunity to play basketball, make an impact on a local community, and go to school to receive a master’s degree. While all these things I have enjoyed, and am very thankful for, another factor is the why I was able to give such a certain answer to my friend’s question. It’s the relationships and the bonds I have made during the last six months that I really cherish today. I have teammates, classmates, members of the community, and other Victory Scholars that I have gotten to know and can confidently call my good friends. This alone has made my journey to Ireland well worth it (and those reasons I listed first have certainly made this year even more unbelievable). It is these newly created relationships that would make me go back in time and apply for Sport Changes Life again. It is also these same reasons that will keep me returning to this great country in the future.
Victory Scholar: Cory Starkey
Present University: NUI Galway
US League: Patriot League
Club/community partner: Galway Titans
Alma Mater: Bucknell University
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland