CELEBRATING OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES
YOUR HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT DO NOT GO UNNOTICED
utilizing time management strategies are beneficial and apply to academics, family, relationships, and future careers. I see this especially in my high school students, who have clear goals of where they want to go in life and are already planning their future after they graduate. Having the skill and ability to say, “I know how to get things done,” is not something everyone has, but each one of my students does have that ability. In the 35 years I’ve spent teaching, I’ve found that student-athletes not only perform better in school but are also well-rounded individuals with many interests and skills. Often, they have musical abilities and are either involved in their school choir or band or are studying an instrument. It’s almost like they need an artistic outlet once they’ve found that perfect physical one. I can relate to all of this within my own life. As a kid, I was constantly balancing school, martial arts, and my musical interests. I remember knowing that if I had a paper due or a test to study for, I had to plan and put aside time in the day dedicated to working on it. I would give myself a set amount of time each day for schoolwork, training, and teaching my martial arts class. When I had time between teaching classes, you’d find me doing my homework somewhere around my parent’s school. That was pretty much how four nights of my week went, but I also dedicated one night to music. Having that time to break up my routine allowed me to do something different from martial arts and school and helped me stay faithful to my schedule. It was a lot of work, but I loved every minute of it. I see that same resolve reflected in the student-athletes I have the chance to work with at our academy today. They have a schedule that they stick with, and they make it seem easy. But I know how much work goes into doing what they do. It’s very exciting to see how hard my students work, and it’s humbling to have a part in helping them reach their goals, whether they’re still in our school or have moved on. I hope I can continue supporting my students, their dreams, and their goals for as long as I can.
When I think of our student-athletes, I can’t help but feel so proud of how much time they dedicate to training. Not only are they in school with grades to worry about, but they also have other life obligations to juggle. In honor of National Student-Athlete Day on April 6, I want to take this time to recognize all the hard work and organizational skills of our student-athletes. Time and time again, I’ve noticed how committed our students are to time management. The students I train with, which includes many teenagers and high schoolers, faithfully come to the academy 2–3 times a week and are doing exceptionally well in school. My student-athletes are very goal-oriented, and they care about what they’re doing; you can’t accidentally be a good athlete, especially if you’re part of a team training for a competition. I’ve seen them plan their workouts with those goals in mind, and to do that while still having good grades, they have to think about what their day is going to be like.
– Glenn and Amanda Olson
That ability to focus on what needs to be done as an athlete carries over to other areas of their life too. Setting concrete goals and
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