Three Major Benefits of Playing College Sports (Sponsored by NSR)

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Most former college athletes say that being a member of a college team helped prepare them for life after college.

They say there are three major benefits:

1. Employers look for intangibles

Future employers look for those who go the extra mile. Participating in a college sport and being able to balance your time between practice, film study, games and academics demonstrate a student’s work ethic. Former college athletes learn the leadership skills, teamwork skills and time management skills that help prepare them for the working world. Companies look to hire former student-athletes not only because of their ability to work as a team, but also because of the other skills that are learned.

“College athletes learn leadership, confidence, discipline, effective time management and teamwork through their sports,” a hiring manager said.

2. Life lessons learned

Former college athletes say they learned a lot of life lessons -- including teamwork, work ethic, and time management -- because of college athletics. As a college athlete, you are put in situations where you have to learn and adapt these traits or you won’t make it. Playing a college sport is a commitment. There is no better place to learn the skills of selflessness and leadership than on the field or court.

“Graduating is as important as winning on the playing field,” a former NCAA Division II college athlete said.

3. Relationships you build

Topping the list of benefits are the relationships you establish. No one can take them away from you. The relationships you build with teammates, coaches, administrative staff and professors can last forever. They are the same people you may invite to your wedding, use as references on your resume or help you land a job. They may even be the ones who offer you a job.

“College sports promote the well-being of student-athletes,” a former NCAA Division III athlete said.

National Scouting Report, the world’s oldest and largest college recruiting organization, has received hundreds of requests from college coaches seeking 2017-20 prospects in all sports. More than 95 percent of NSR’s qualified prospects receive scholarship offers. To connect with those coaches, contact NSR Area Director Gary Silvers, former Executive Sports Editor of the Bucks County Courier Times, at (215) 480-8764 or