Scout: Meikel Himperich
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I am a sport management student from Cologne (Germany) and 22 years old.
I used to play tennis for several years as well as football which I still do. Football is my biggest passion and I want to fulfill my dream in working in the football industry and making many athletes dreams come true too.
I have lived and worked in different Countries and cultures and an advice I learned during that time would be to be ready for new challenges. Without stepping out of your comfort zone, you will never develop and be successful on a long note.
I used to play Tennis for 9 years. Furthermore I did boxing for a year and also play football and golf currently. My biggest interest, besides playing it, is football.
I won several championships in soccer and tennis when I was young (e.g. district champion in doubles -> Tennis). Currently I study sport management in cologne and finish my Bachelor of Arts in the summer of 2022.
My biggest Idol is Max Eberl, the former sporting director of Borussia Mönchengladbach. My favorite states in the USA are California and Florida.
The most memorable (sports) moment in my life was a game where I scored twice and a large picture with text about me and the game appeared in a newspaper.
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.