Author: Eleanor Kent
March 30, 2017
I played volleyball competitively for 10 years. As a recent college graduate entering the workforce, I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to do. Volleyball was what I’d known for almost half my life thus far. All of a sudden, my volleyball career was over. I didn’t want to think about it; I pushed it out of my mind. It was summer and I had so many other things to figure out. Adult things, ya know, like finding a place to live and getting a job before the summer ended. Then it hit me. August snuck up and there it was staring me right in the face. I was not returning for pre-season or tryouts or any of that. I was hanging up my jersey.
To wrap things up. Your sport gave you a lot of skills and tools that you can use in all the other things you’re going to do with your life. It drove your actions and decisions for a very long time, but everybody throws in the towel (of competing) at some point. Heck, the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, retired this year. There is much much more to you as an individual than having been an athlete. Have fun figuring out the other facets of your life and never forget what your sport brought you. Maybe you’ll end up like me…still connected to the sport you love and using it to make a difference.
And just in case you need a little extra reminder that your life isn’t over because your sports career is, here are 10 athletes who were more successful after they stopped playing: