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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-13-21)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-13-21)

"Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana"

This past weekend, the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the best college football player in America, went to Alabama quarterback Bryce Young.

During the award ceremony, Young spoke about being an underdog most of his career.  His favorite sport growing up was basketball, but his strong right arm convinced him to concentrate on football at his California high school.  

His father said he always encouraged Bryce to compete against quality athletes.  He went as far as to say "If you are the best player in the gym, you need to find another gym." 

What he was saying is find the best competition, push yourself, strive for improvement and never become complacent regardless of your sport or how good you think you are.

Most athletes will become better and smarter when they seek out more talented athletes to learn from and to compete against. Learning from your mistakes by competing against the best and seeing first hand what makes them successful will only better you in the long run and help prepare you for that next big challenge!

 

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Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-17-22)

"Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana"

Last week, Georgia won college football's national title game in Indianapolis.  Georgia quarterback, Stetson Bennett, was named offensive MVP of the game.

It is not unusual for the quarterback to win such a prestigious honor, but what is unusual was Bennett's road to victory.

He walked on at his dream college, Georgia, and during his freshman season he saw no playing time.  Despite being a successful high school athlete, many thought he was too short to play quarterback. 

He transferred to Jones County Junior College for his sophomore year to work on his game. He then signed with Georgia again and served as a backup for the next three seasons.

This past year, Bennett earned the starting position after an injury sidelined starter JT Daniels.  Bennett was ready when the opportunity came!  He led the Bulldogs to the title game after an exceptional season.

There will always be naysayers and challenges to reaching your dreams.  Bennett proved so many people wrong.  After the title game he said about his victory, "I hope it gives someone a little hope.  Keep your mouth shut, work hard.  Life is tough. Work through it."

 

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