Being "Smart" and "athletic" is a great combination. Not only for college sports, but rather for a young person's life in general. Our Friday Scholarship Guide today is all about why you would wanna "be smart" besides being a great football player, runner, or tennis player. And we explain the making of our name: Smarthlete.
College sports are competitive. As a matter of fact very few high school students ever receive an offer to study on a sports scholarship and find themselves in the line-up of a varsity team. It's actually a really low percentage of high school athletes, who go on to study on a scholarship. (Read more on this a little later)
So, smartness and athlete. Reason enough for us to focus on those two characteristics, when we were looking for a matching name for our online recruiting platform. Why be a good athlete? Well, that's pretty obvious. But why smart? Here's our view on this:
We have realized people sometimes refer to us as "Smartathlete". If you take a close look, you'll realize it's actually Smarthlete, essentially leaving out the first two letters of the second word athlete: at. While Smartathlete would have also been fine with us, we decided for the shorter and smoother version Smarthlete. No big deal, as long as you find us online. In case you've been in doubt, here we go from now on :)...
As our service not only addresses American (English-speaking) kids it was important for us to ensure that our name can also be pronounced easily in other languages. This works nicely in French, German, Swedish, or Italian. Alright, we haven't figured out how Mandarin- or Russian-speaking students are dealing with it yet, but please do let us know if you're one of them :)
Here at Smarthlete, we associate the word Smart with college sports for several reasons:
Explaining the background for choosing "athlete" is not as great a challenge as the term "smart". You can be best in class and deliver outstanding application materials - you will still not receive an athletic scholarship if you don't have what it takes on the court, pitch or in the pool. By comparing the number of college athletes and high school athletes, 7.6% of all U.S. high school boys and 7.9% of all U.S. high school girls move on to compete in college sports (2013-14).
Do you think you can make the college way? Wonderful, then sign up for Smarthlete, set up your profile, and connect directly with college coaches on Smarthlete. (Please note that our service is currently only open for tennis players and tennis college coaches)