Welcome to College Athletics: A Letter from Your Strength Coach
By your strength coach,
I am writing this letter because I have been asked to do so many times over the past few years. You may not be aware of it, but you probably have heard someone say something like “well if they aren’t doing well in school or don’t seem happy then maybe their playing sports isn’t helping them.” While there is some truth to this statement, it doesn’t address the real issue at hand.
The reason why athletes are struggling academically is due to the fact that they are underachieving athletically. They aren’t using their athletic ability in a positive way and instead of focusing on their academics, they spend all their time worrying about whether or not they will get picked last for a team sport.
When you think about it, this makes sense.
If you were really good at something, wouldn’t you want to use it to your advantage?
Well, when you play sports, you don’t just play for yourself; you play for your teammates and coaches. When they lose games or perform poorly, it’s usually because of one person. That person could be the best player on the team or even the worst player on the team. There is no room for individual glory anymore.
So what does this mean?
It means that you, along with your coach and teammates, will sacrifice whatever you have to for the team. Rookies sit the bench, veterans give up their positions, stars give up throwing passes, and everyone gives up the chance to do whatever they want in exchange for what is best for the team.
I know this might be hard to accept at first, but believe me when I say that it is worth it. There is no better feeling than running out of that tunnel with your teammates behind you and hearing the crowd cheer. There is no better feeling than having your whole team sit together in class and everyone knows that they always have your back. No matter what happens, your team will always be supporting you.
You will always be a part of something greater than yourself, something that you can put your whole heart into. You are not an athlete; you are not even a coach. You are a member of a team.
I hope that you will take the time to embrace this opportunity and know that your strength coach will always be here for you. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments then please let me know. My contact information is listed below.
Your strength coach
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