The Success of Student Athletes

Valentina Velarde, Reporter

Let’s talk about successful student athletes, well high school is pretty much where it all happens. As young athletes we choose between sports we want to play such as basketball, baseball ,soccer, lacrosse, football, volleyball, softball, etc. Once an athlete chooses a sport they truly admire they become stuck in this mindset of being the best to ever play the sport of their choosing, and for some that dream comes true but for the rest unfortunately it doesn’t. When an athlete develops basic training of their sport they want to learn more and then more. Colton High School is the home to many NFL players, NBA, soccer, and even baseball players. Baseball being more well known because of player Ken Hubbs who won the rookie of the year in the MLB and was even an athlete of multiple sports as all of his jerseys are hung in the Ken Hubbs gym today at Colton high school. But let’s take a look at the rest who played for Colton like, Anthony Hamilton who was a soccer player, Kevinn Pinkney who played basketball for the Boston Celtics, Allen Bradford of the seattle seahawks, Daniel Sorenson of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Nat Berhe, who are all NFL players. Colton is really a football school well at least that’s an area that it is successful in. Overall a little over 7% of high school athletes (about 1 in 14) went on to play a varsity sport in college and less than 2% of high school athletes (1 in 54) went on to play at NCAA Division 1 schools. The largest percentage of both male and female college athletes competed at NCAA Division III schools. Nearly eight million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States. More than 480,000 compete as NCAA athletes, and just a select few within each sport move on to compete at the professional or Olympic level. So as a high school student your probability of becoming an athlete beyond high school or college may be slim, clearly because there are over 8 million student athletes worldwide. So as an athlete do you have what it takes to compete beyond the high school level?