For a majority of student athletes, college will be their last stop in their elevated and successful athletic career, and will pursue other avenues after graduation.
Respecting the process to get to that point has greater impact than many never consider, not only within themselves but also the people they will encounter.
We are all aware of college coaches; their staff, their Universities and the environment they can create.
Come fall we are engaged with Saturday college football, March brings collegiate basketball Madness, spring showcases baseball, softball, golf, wrestling, and more. One thing that we all have in common; we all put our shoes on one a time. They, the leaders of university programs, are people just like you and I.
I helped a young man (6’3” 230 lb. multi-sport athlete) start the profile process early in his sophomore year. Although he never became a Vantage Athlete client, I continued to follow his progress through his high school career.
His senior year came, and the football recruiting process was in full gear with numerous programs interested.
Graduation has since come and gone, and the student athlete took another road to college, but not before a respect issue occurred.
In a conversation with a pursuing coach of this student athlete, I learned of the student athletes’ inability to return a phone call from the coaching staff, not once, but three times; message were left.
And this was just one program, were they others? Where was the respect, the common courtesy? If a university shows interest in a student athlete, an opportunity develops within their program, unknown too many are the resources and time spent on an individual in order to attract and possibly attend their university.
For the betterment of the above mentioned student athlete, a simple return phone call, a simple thank you, certainly would have been respectful. As student athletes, parents, family, friends, coaches, teachers, consolers; for all of us, it is a simple lesson. “Treat others as you want to be treated”.
At Vantage Athletes, it is about people; student athletes, families, coaches, and making a positive introduction, connection and opportunity. But without respect, the process becomes frustrating and possibly damaging.
Respect is not given; it is earned, by all parties involved.
The above mentioned story is an example that Vantage Athletes must always take note of, and act upon if this occurs within our student athlete battery. We are not assisting thousands of student athletes’; we maintain a very manageable group size. We must be cautious, respect just being one characteristic, as we put our reputation and service on the line.
We believe in the student athlete, the student athlete believes in Vantage Athletes, so in the process, the final stop must believe in what we have delivered and introduced. Respect must be put into practice, for all, or the process has no validity.