Casey Morris, former Division I college student-athlete, penned an interesting piece about lessons she learned from her experience in her own business professional career. She feels that hiring former college student-athletes is one of the best hiring decision an organization can make. In her experience, a good student-athlete has the following characteristics:
- They aim to become the best contributor they can be, with a willingness to put in extra work
- They are unselfish, meaning they will put the goals of the team ahead of their own
- They are not afraid of being on the receiving end of constructive criticism
- They keep a level head amidst high pressure situations — continuing to make good decisions, despite adversity
- They are able to take leadership roles, in various forms, and apply them to any situation
Why is a student-athlete able to do all the above? It is likely due to the requirements and deadlines they had to juggle during their collegiate athlete years. In addition to their coursework, midterms, papers, and more, the student-athlete must also handle their strenuous workout schedules, which include 5am sessions in addition to team meetings, one-on-ones, conditioning, and actual practice, which usually runs three hours each day. Student-athletes must tread above all these responsibilities, while performing at top performance levels on the court, field, track, or whichever sporting facility correlates with their sport — all while staying on top of their schoolwork.
The amount of time that is required to manage this type of schedule is nothing short of pure commitment. They must improve while doing all of this. Coaches and teammates expect each contributor to become better and better as the season and years go on — so student-athletes must become master multitaskers, as well as habitual peak performers. Could you describe a better employee for your company? These skills are directly transferrable to organizations in business professions. Good former student-athletes are willing to go above and beyond, continually working to become better, while working to be incredible team members. With the right direction, i.e. coaching, you can encourage them to do the same for your organization, too.
The Big 3 – Week 3
This past weekend SLiC traveled with The Big 3 to Birmingham Alabama to kick off week 3. Alabama is mostly known for their college football dominance, but also has some current and former NBA players from there.
We caught up with former UAB standout Robert Vaden, member of BIG3’s Aliens as well as Jamario Moon who played locally at Central-Coosa and on both D-League teams in Alabama.
Charles Barkley grew up a little outside of Birmingham in Leeds, Alabama. College teammates and current NBA players Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins and Eric Bledsoe both grew up in Alabama as well.
Welcome to Motown: Big3 Season 3
SLiC was in the house to kick off season 3 of the Big 3. They started off the Big 3 season in Detroit Michigan and put on a show. Things got chippy between Josh Smith and Royce White and forced both of them to head to the locker rooms early.
At 50 years young, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is still out there getting buckets for the 3 Headed Monsters.
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3rd Annual Iverson Classic Showcases The Top Elite High School Basketball Talent In The Nation
Last week SLiC traveled to Philly for the 3rd annual Iverson Classic and watched the top high school basketball players in the nation battle against each other.
The Iverson Classic is one of the last stops for these young men before they go to their respective colleges to compete at the next level.
NBA legends Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson were the head coaches for Team Honor and Team Loyalty. We also had Darius Miles, Will Bynum, JR Smith and, of course, Allen Iverson in the house.
Everyone had a great time being around the future and past generations of great basketball players. Check out this SLiC Original to see for yourself.
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