Their are some things as a student athlete that make you feel as though “no one else has any idea what I go through”. However, after following @StudntAthlProbz on Twitter it is clear that all collegiate athletes go through the exact same experiences.
Examples of Tweets on StudntAthlProbz
Some of these tweets may sound ridiculous, but the amazing part is they are all true. From long bus rides to 5 am work outs to dreaming of that day off, college athletes experience it all. Now Twitter provides a place where all college athletes can share their #studentathleteproblems.
Spring Break 2011, Jacksonville Florida
Not just teammates, but also friends-
One thought, maybe even fear that every incoming freshmen has is, “How am I going to make friends?”. Well, after my first week of college I quickly found that my teammates would become my closest friends.
It’s not because we spend hours each day together or the fact that we have practice together 6 out of the 7 days of the week, but its the choice we have made to become loyal, trustworthy, and in the end, best friends.
First, lets start with orientation. Orientation was a 4 day/3 night event, which was the first time I met my soon-to-be roommate and the 8 other girls that were incoming freshmen on the lacrosse team. It was a great experience because it was an opportunity to get to know my teammates before we had any real responsibilities. Then came freshmen year, it was an adjustment to say the least. There are 9 girls in my freshmen class on the lacrosse team, which was a large number of girls that were all trying to adjust to school, lacrosse, and living in the dorms together.
Not just friends, but also roommates-
After freshmen year the big question always is, “Who am I going to live with next year?” Well, after a year of getting to know each other as a team all 25 of us became extremely close and most of us decided to live together. There are 4 lacrosse houses on/off campus, but only one is considered “the lax” house, which has been a lacrosse house for years.
Not just roommates, but also life long friends-
After college, my teammates won’t just be my college friends, but will be my life long friends. This is because being a member of a team means putting in hours upon hours of hard work, dedication, and determination. This develops a unique bond among teammates, that in our eyes “No one else could possibly understand what we go through” and therefore will connect us for many years.
Not just life long friends, but FAMILY-
Temple lacrosse is a family tradition for me , as I am the 4th person in my family to be an athlete at Temple University. So, being a part of the Temple Lacrosse team does not just mean I have 25 teammates, friends, roommates, or life long friends, but actually brings a great deal to the meaning of FAMILY.
Many athletes work their entire lives to reach greatness and most settle for good. So the question is, how do you achieve greatness and what does it take to get there.
“A great athlete does whatever it takes on a daily basis while a good athlete does it when it’s convenient”, its not just practice. “The difference between the good ones and the great ones is what they do on a daily basis. It’s called consistency, hard work, and dedication.”
“How bad do you want it?”
“How bad do you really want to be great? Do you just talk about it or are you doing what it takes on a daily basis to be great? Michael Jordan once said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” You have got to go and make it happen. You have to go and take it.”
It will never be good enough to just want it. You have to not only go and take but you have to OWN it. OWN YOUR GAME
“Why do you want it?”
“Do you want to be great so people notice you? Do you want to be great to be famous? Do you want to be great to make money? Do you want to be great so that you can help others? Whatever it is, you need to know why. Why do you do what you do on a daily basis to be great? What is it that motivates you?”
There will be a million reasons for why you want it, but it all comes down to….Are you SELF-MOTIVATING?
“What are you willing to do until you get it? What are you willing to sacrifice? Many athletes say they want to play professionally and that’s great. However, do you know what it takes now for you to get there?”
“Do you know what you need to do on a daily/weekly/monthly/annual basis to reach that ultimate goal to play professionally?”
To be a great athlete it will require sacrifice. Not just less sleep and soreness, but time with friends, family, and even significant others.
“Do you really love it?”
“Is this your passion?”
“Your passion is what is going to drive you. It is what keeps you going when times get tough. If you do not have a passion for this, you will throw in the towel. You really need to ask yourself, “Is this what I love to do?” If not, hang it up and find something that you do love to do. This is what life is all about!”
Playing sports for fun its great, but if your want to be the best, to be the greatest it takes FOCUS and DETERMINATION. And if in the end you achieve your goal then, in the end it will all be worth it.
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By Jonathan Conneely
This past weekend I, as well as my entire lacrosse team had the opportunity to volunteer for the City 6 run.
The City 6 run is a 5k run/walk that is hosted by Drexel University each year. It is an event that invites Temple, LaSalle, Villanova, and Penn to support the Coaches Vs. Cancer cause by either participating, donating money, or just volunteering.
By 7am on Saturday morning the Temple Women’s Lacrosse team was at Drexel University ready to give back to our community. Our duties included registering the participants for the run and then during the run we were strategically placed throughout the course to help guide the participants during the run. It is the second year our team has volunteered for this event and so far its been a great way to support our city and also support the Coaches Vs. Cancer program.
Coaches Vs. Cancer is an initiative in Philadelphia that combines the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NOBC) in an effort raise awareness of Cancer by using the strength, leadership, and the celebrity image and revenue our cities Basketball team’s generate.
Since it was created in 1993 the Coaches Vs. Cancer program has raised over $30 million to benefit further research, advocacy, education, and patient service programs.
The Coaches Vs. Cancer program has developed greatly over the years and now consists of several events that include the Tourney Tip-Off Breakfast, the School Initiative, the BasketBall, BeachBall and the Jim Maloney Golf Classic.
Volunteer- The Coaches Vs, Cancer program is just one of many initiatives created to raise awareness and funds to further the effort to stop Cancer.
This past Sunday was my last fall ball game ever, which was quite a bittersweet experience to my surprize.
The plan was to play two full games. The first game against Bucknell and the second game against Louisville. I was looking forward to playing Louisville, because they are a ranked team that I have never had the opportunity to play against. Unfortunately, due to the snow fall on Saturday, Bucknell was not able to make it into the city for the game. But the Louisville game was still on!
I woke up on Sunday ready to play, however the weather was not cooperating. The turf was covered with ice and was not playable. Therefore, we had to wait around for two and half hours waiting to find out if we were going to be able to play. Finally we got the call that the game was now scheduled for a 1:00 start.
I headed to the locker room and did my best to get my mind back into game day. As a team we had our pre-game talk and then headed to the field for warm-up.
The warm-up went by quicker then usual and it was time to play the game. Louisville is a tough component, and we knew that it was going to be a physical and intense game. The first ten minutes were shaky to say the least. After the first ten minutes we were down 6-2, which is not a good start. We knew that we needed to refocus and get back into the game. Eventually, after hard work and hustling all over the field we caught up to Louisville and it was a back and forth game from there.
With a minute left to go in the game we were tied! We ended up winning the draw, getting the ball down the field, and one of m teammates ripped a shot into the net for a game winning goal. It was awesome!!
It was not until after the game that I realized how important and special that day was and now I can look back on and remember a tremendous win. Although, it was just fall ball and I have an entire season ahead of me, it was still a great way to end the off season and makes me work even harder knowing that it will pay off.