Monday, January 31, 2011

No Excuses

As communities across the country watch high school student athletes sign their National Letters of Intent to colleges and universities on National Signing Day, Feb. 3, 2011, I will personally be attending the signing ceremony of Kayden D. at the request of his mother.
Kayden comes from an old and small school that has not witnessed someone being recruited from its ranks in at least 5 years. He has overcome personal tragedies (the loss of a parent) and a soccer season that fell well short of expectations. Through his hard work, dedication, and strong character, he continued to be a sought after college recruit. From working with Athelete Recruiting Services, he had already realized that there were many recruiting options and he diligently followed up with the coaches that were at schools that matched his desires. From the many that sought his talents, he was smart enough not to choose the one that offered the largest scholarship package but instead choose his best fit option. He is happy, his family is happy, recruiting school is happy, and we are proud of him.
This young man let nothing keep him from realizing his opportunities and making the most of them.
Congratulations Kayden. You have earned it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Believe in Yourself-Get Recruited To College

At a recent competitive club volleyball match, I happened to be sitting next to the parent of a young talented athlete that you couldn't help but notice. As we spoke this parent mentioned that his daughter really loved the sport but that she wasn't that good. I almost fell off the bleacher!
While speaking with the coach after the game, he mentioned several times how good this young lady was and that he was excited because with her enthusiasm and willingness to learn, he was certain that he could help her to become even better.
There are a lot of you out there that can relate to having a parent or a coach not believe in you.
I am here to tell you that in life, to be successful, you need to believe in yourself. Do not wake up someday in the future wondering what could have been.
What if you had tried? What if you hadn't let others keep you down?
Because in the end, it's going to be about the choices that you made. Did you try? Did you do all you could to set yourself up for success?
I have had the opportunity to meet not only some great young athletes, but professional athletes, college coaches, and Olympians because of my passion for getting young talent in front of their best fit colleges. I don't let others tell me what I am capable of. I set my own limits and control my own destiny.
You know what you are capable of. If you think you can play at the college level, than you probably can. Don't miss your moment. Show the person who doesn't believe in you how wrong they are. Get educated about what it takes, put your plan into action and get recruited!