Student-athlete is a word often tossed around, but the true meaning of it is lost.
A student-athlete is the true example of a man of St. Thomas. Not only does he try his best in the classroom, he also tries his best on the field. He leads his classmates and teammates to be the best that they can be. A student-athlete is constantly setting himself up for greatness through hard work and dedication. A student-athlete is what all should aspire to be.
The student part of the equation is something everyone can relate to. The days are long and often boring. There are eight classes, and it is almost a guarantee that there will be homework for at least five of those classes.
Not to mention that for some reason most teachers decide to end their LAPs at the same time, meaning that there are often multiple tests to take in one day.
Quizzes will most likely accompany those test days, so add that onto the plate. Take all of that into consideration, and add the schedule of an athlete to the already busy schedule of a student.
The schedule goes something like this, school for eight hours, practice for two and a half hours, mostly homework for the rest of the night and the same routine repeated all over again the next day.
Thursday and Friday nights are game nights, and weekends are often the only free time in a student-athlete’s schedule. Even then there is still homework to do, and most sports have weekend events in the form of games, tournaments, and playoffs.
Most sports are year-round affairs. Football players weight lift throughout the spring. They then have a rigorous two hour practice four days a week throughout the summer.
Once the season starts, practices are in the morning before school for the freshman team and after school for the JV and Varsity teams.
“It makes everything really hard because football ends at 6:30, and then since I live in Pearland it is an hour drive with traffic. By the time I eat, it is 8:00, and I have two hours to do my homework. I have to go to bed at 10:00 because I have to wake up at 5:00 to go to band.”
– Sam Yeboah ’17
For one month in the summer, the rugby players have two practices a week in order to be prepared for at least four games on Fridays. They then endure grueling preseason workouts starting in September up until the season starts in January. These workouts are two days a week, with a running session right after school that lasts about thirty minutes, and then an hour lifting session from 5:30 until 6:30.
“Because I live in Sugar Land, I get home around 7:15 or 7:30,” senior rugby captain Josh Pane said. “I have to shower, eat dinner, and by the time that is all done, it is 8:15, and I am just then starting homework.”
Soccer players are also under strenuous time frames. “You are usually pretty tired afterwards, so it is hard to start,” junior Andrew Neaves said. “I usually get home at 9:00, so then I’m up really late doing homework.” “They leave you four hours of homework every day,” junior Stephen Turtur said. “Maybe I will wake up early and finish the rest.”
Lacrosse players also have pre-season workouts, but their practice schedule is what is truly difficult. Due to how crowded the field is during the spring time, lacrosse practice starts at 7:30. Most players get home after 9:30. So that means from 7:50 in the morning until 9:30 at night, the lacrosse players are on campus.
All of this hard work may seem crazy, but there is a method to the madness. Student-athletes are who they are by choice. Through playing a sport, they are only helping themselves to a better future.
Athletes know that they could possibly get their college paid for, or maybe they even get a chance to play in the big leagues. Perhaps the greatest perk is that the ladies love guys who play sports, and if you are a D-1 recruit it will be hard to get them off you, and everyone knows that the more girls you hang out with, the more popular you are. It is a chain-reaction of good things.
Greatness does not come from sitting around and doing nothing, so playing a sport is a way to cause change in the world.