By: Tatyanna West, Class of 2020

Are you an athlete at the George Washington Educational Campus? If so, this is for you.

After high school, do you Trojans have a plan aside from a sports career that may or may not succeed? Have you thought about what are you going to fall back on if you’re injured in a sport or can no longer play? Are you going to aimlessly float around with no purpose? This is why, even if you are the best in your field; you should have a backup plan.

According to the NCAA, only 1.7% of high school football players play at a professional level and in basketball, only 1.2% are able to play professionally. These are very low statistics and should be taken into consideration especially by high school athletes.

According to George Washington Educational Campus’ Athletic Director Jodie Ferguson, “…less than 1% of student athletes are successful in professional careers” on the George Washington Campus.

Ferguson’s advice to student athletes is to, “Always have a backup plan and to focus on school so that you can always depend on your education.”

The sport you choose to play or love can be your passion but your education will be your key to everything the world has to offer. As Malcolm X once said, “Education is our passport to the future; for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” So always keep your options open and give yourself enough room to expand your horizons for the future.