Scholarships Can Be A Dangerous Word
Mention that word in a conversation with high school athletes and many will pounce on the topic, their faces light up as if they had just hit the jackpot.
I am noticing it again. Seems like many young athletes are obsessed with scholarships thinking that dozens of schools are just handing them out like candy - and even to students with so-so grades. Well, even the best of the best athletes are noticing that the vault of awards given out are dwindling.
Economics is an issue, particularly, in the United States. Lots of younger students in Toronto are in some kind of daze thinking the NCAA is the answer to their future. They don't even know the names of the major universities and colleges, but the NCAA is where they are all going.
Fine, good luck. It is for some. Yet, schools are slicing scholarships, picking U.S. citizens more and many Canadian athletes just can't cope with the pressures and demands by a school that dishes out thousands of dollars and expects a great deal more in return. It's a different lifestyle down there and sports is so much bigger - you can see by just watching some of those NCAA games.
We will still lose some excellent athletes to the major universities - UCLA, Michigan, Florida just to name a few. However, I am not so sure that heading to some of the "other" places is such a good idea. Seems to me, from the players returning and now at Canadian schools, that it's wise to pick the right choice after high school.
Students should be cautious of individuals who are fueling this rage to go to a place that they couldn't find without a map. Young people are vulnerable and tend to fall for some slick-talking adults who make all kinds of promises that they have just the talent that a school is looking for and their problems are solved.
Really? If that was the case I would wager that the U.S. schools have a very good scouting network and link up with high school physical education and career counselling staff.
There are people who get various forms of kickbacks for finding athletes and then getting them to certain post-secondary schools - and even they're finding out the well is drying up.
Canadian universities are also in the hunt for good athletes and good students. While their financial awards or scholarships are not as lucrative, I am told by many people that there is nothing wrong with a Canadian university education -- and especially for the thousands of students whose future is not in sports.