Scout: Karen Miyamoto
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I had never thought that I would go to college in the US when I was young. The main reason why I decided to study abroad is I had an opportunity to participate in the Annika Invitational in Florida when I was in 1st grade of high school. This was my first time playing in a golf tournament in the US. I was surprised that there were amazing practice facilities and environments that I could easily access. Also, I was a beginner in English at that time, so I wanted to be able to communicate with other players in English. After I decided to study abroad in the US, I transferred to high school in Florida. Following high school graduation, I joined the golf team at the University of Washington (Division 1).
I studied sports psychology because I struggled with my mental game, and I was curious about how other student-athletes have a stable mind-body connection when they play their sports.
I was worried about my English level before I went to college, but there were many people who helped me to improve. I know studying abroad is a challenge but let me tell you that a lot of great experiences are waiting for you. We at Athlete USA will do our best to support you!
WHAT IS AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?
Athletic as well as academic scholarships are much more common in the US than in most other countries. Athletic scholarships are awarded to athletes of outstanding performance in order to enable them to finance their studies in the US. The athlete participates fully in practice sessions with the college team and represents the university in various tournaments and competitions. The coaches’ job is to professionally look after the teams; in this sense, he has a similar position to that of a professor and is also paid accordingly.
For what reasons are scholarships awarded?
For generations, American universities have had college teams in all kinds of sports. These teams are professionally managed by specially employed coaches and serve as an advertisement for the respective university in numerous competitions. If a team has regional or even nationwide success, the media will cover its development. That is why college teams are a means to market the university in order to recruit new students. For this reason, the universities provide the coaches with a budget to recruit talented athletes from around the world and help them finance their studies or even their entire stay abroad.
Why an athletic scholarship to America
The American College system produces some of the best sporting talent in the world. The facilities, coaching and support networks including sports science, nutrition, physiotherapy and fitness training are all world class. Universities travel the length and breadth of the United States to play each other; it is big business involving, massive corporate sponsorship, fanatical crowds, rich history, and national television coverage. Collegiate sports are as close to a professional environment as it’s possible to get. A normal schedule involves one to two training sessions or practices a day plus additional sports specific weights and fitness sessions within in a normal athletic scholarship. All this alongside a full university degree program.
Athletic Scholarships are funded sports programs that include Football (Soccer), Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey, American Football, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Track and Field, Fencing, Rowing (Crew), Skiing, Gymnastics and many more athletic scholarship programs.