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Category: Sports

Posted May 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
young woman in blue uniform playing lacrosse on a field

Shining stars are bright and easy to see in a night sky. So, too, are the teenage athletes who excel on fields of play and at elite summer camps. But what about the other players in the game? Maybe you’re not a blue-chip prospect suited for a five-star summer showcase. Maybe you’re trying to improve your skills and display your potential. Or maybe you’re just getting ready to try out for the team. How do you know what kind of summer sports camp to consider? Camps come in all shapes and sizes and for all abilities. Nearly 8 million students ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2016, 9:59 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
How to Rock a Sports Showcase This Summer

Summer camps bring to mind idyllic images of roasting s’mores by sunset campfires and splashing into crystal-clear watering holes. But it’s a different game if you’re a young athlete who wants to sharpen skills to make the high school varsity squad, or you’re already a star looking to showcase talents for college recruiters or for an athletic scholarship. Sports camps come in all shapes and sizes for all abilities, and there are thousands to choose from. So how do you know which will be the best fit for you? We surveyed several experts for tips, including coaches who organize and ...

Posted April 19, 2016, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Start making summer plans

Throughout most of the year you’ll have a difficult time planning activities with friends or taking on new responsibilities that suck time away from schoolwork. That’s why summer is such a great opportunity for teen internships, travel and community service. You’ve got three months when there are no papers due, no tests to study for, and no commute to school every day. You’ve got lots of freedom, but that means you need to use the time well. Many of my friends wasted their summers away doing little more that hanging out at the mall and playing video games. The problem ...

Posted March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Jon Bruehl | View Comments
Why You Shouldn’t be Scared to Post on Social Media

Who’s monitoring what you put online? I know, I know: Everyone from your parents and guidance counselors to teachers and coaches say the same thing. Once you put something up online, it’s hard to take it down. But it’s hard to always keep that in mind when everything, from everyone, is trending online. According to The Guardian, 75 percent of millennials – the generation that includes both you and me – have an account. So while it’s important to make sure you don’t put anything compromising online, and to take down anything questionable as soon as possible, it’s just as ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Good Kinds Of Risks to Take In High School

When you’re young, there are lots of risks you want to avoid making: driving recklessly, drinking alcohol, pushing the boundaries on sex, and choosing to ignore school assignments until the day before they are due. With these big topics out of the way, however, there are some risks that are actually good to make as a teenager. You’re learning about the world and exploration, even if it doesn’t lead exactly where you wanted it to go, the possibility of being wrong is worth it. Here are a few examples of risks you shouldn’t regret taking if things don’t turn out ...

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Truth About Athletic Scholarships

All parents of an athletic student dream their student will be a star athlete and snag a full-ride athletic scholarship. If your student is gifted in this area, you might think winning that college scholarship will be as simple as catching the eye of a college, getting an offer, and signing on the dotted line. Neither of my children were athletic, but I have to admit while they were in high school, I wished they were; then all our financial worries of paying for college would be over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The odds are poor In ...

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
How To Do OK On The Sports Team If You’re Not A Natural Athlete

If you don’t like playing sports or don’t feel exceptionally good at them, then mandatory participation - true at many high schools - can be your worst nightmare. That’s especially true if your school doesn’t offer an easy out like walking (yes, my high school had this as a “sports” option). The fear of stepping up to bat or putting on a lacrosse mask might every day be your idea of the worst ever. Even if you’re not looking forward to the season, here are a few tips to help you do an OK job and maybe even grow to ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Jumpstart Your Resume by Thinking Outside the School

Ah, high school. Seven hours of sitting and taking in all you can for that diploma to set you on your way to new horizons. Of course, you may have a great high school with opportunities to take part in the arts, advanced STEM, communications or a mix of disciplines. But even with with that, you may feel the need for something else to catapult you further in your career, or even just to spice up that high school resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in ...

Posted Oct. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
after school activities for teens

Maybe you aren’t the fastest runner out there. Maybe you missed the basket nine times out of 10 the last time you stepped onto the court. Maybe sports just don’t interest you. There is some reason why you aren’t on a sports team this season.Fortunately, there are a lot of activities you can enjoy that give you the benefits of playing a sport that don’t require stepping in front of a 6-foot-4 lineman: 1. Explore yoga Your friends on the lacrosse team will be getting a healthy amount of exercise that you’ll be missing. The health benefits of daily exertion ...

Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 8 a.m. by Zachary Bernstein | View Comments
Leadership Lessons from New York Jets

If you’re in high school, you never know where the most valuable lessons will come from. I launched the High School Leadership Academy to give New York metro area students practical leadership training by connecting them with officials and executives in a variety of industries. Our first meeting was with six top executives from the New York Jets, including the football team’s president, Neil Glat. Here are six pieces of advice we gained from the Jets executives about leadership: A lot of “A” students fail to succeed because they don’t know how to be effective when dealing with people. By ...

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