Athletes must make good choices
Major college and professional athletes live their lives in a fish bowl.
It certainly depends on your perspective as to whether or not that’s a good thing.
But one thing’s for certain for the athletes – there’s no getting around it.
Not only are sports highly popular, but they’re also big business. On top of all that, we live in a 24-7 news world where people are refreshing their Twitter feeds at church or even at the table of Thanksgiving Dinner.
There’s simply no getting around it, but still each day you turn on the television or read an article, there’s an athlete getting into some sort of trouble. For instance, I was watching ESPN-U one day last week and as news scrolled across the bottom of the screen, five consecutive blurbs were dealing with legal issues.
Obviously, the kind of trouble varies. Some are as minor as traffic violations, but some are as significant as sexual crimes and domestic violence.
Despite what many national media outlets want you to believe, these issues aren’t limited to Ohio State football, but the Buckeyes have certainly had their run-ins with the law in the last few years.
Tracey Sprinkle – a red-shirt freshman – was arrested after a brawl at a nightclub in Lorain, OH last weekend. On top of the fight, he was also to have allegedly tried to hide cocaine in the seats of the police cruiser.
Often times the issues come when the players step out of the close-knit society of athletics and going to class during breaks. They go back to their hometowns and simply can’t resist the peer pressure and the next thing you know they’re in the police reports.
It comes down to choice and that’s exactly what Joey Galloway stressed when we caught up with him during his Next Level Football camp held last week at Wheeling Jesuit University.
The ability to make positive choices is what separates most.
Speaking of choices, sometimes choices aren’t always dealing with issues that are legal or illegal.
I talked with Galloway about how professional athletes should carry themselves in an era when basically everyone has a camera on their phone and any misstep will show up on a social media outlet in seconds.
Though he played in a different era, Galloway avoided those situations because he was too busy ‘working.’
We spoke specifically about Johnny Manziel, who seems to make a trip to Las Vegas to party basically every other weekend.
According to Galloway, those kinds of things don’t really bother the players as much as fans. However, that hinges on whether or not the player is getting his work done on the field and in the meeting room.
Regardless of the level of sports, it’s all different.
Galloway stressed that even high school athletes need to mind their Ps and Qs because if they have aspirations of playing at the next level, college coaches are watching your social media accounts and know how you’re acting.
GALLOWAY CAMP WRAP-UP
After running his first speed camp, Galloway confirmed for me that he has all intentions of making it an annual event.
“God willing … I’ll absolutely be back next year,” Galloway said. “I told the kids that no matter if they’re in college or still in high school, they’re invited back and they’ll be my leaders next year.”
Galloway had planned on picking a camp MVP when it started, but he just couldn’t do it because it was a tie, in essence.
“I couldn’t do it because the guys were that good, collectively,” Galloway said. “It wasn’t the best athleticism at all times, but effort level? I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys, and that’s exactly what I wanted.”
Galloway was impressed with how the kids responded to the coaching and improved from day-to-day.
“It’s really encouraging,” Galloway said.
A PAIR of area graduates received a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
River’s Gabby Goudy and St. John Central’s Garrett Holubeck both received a scholarship. They were two of the six honrees from the Eastern District.
All told, the OHSAA presented 49 students a scholarship, totaling $55,000.
To receive a scholarship, students are judged on grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, varsity letters earned and individual and team honors.
- ST. JOHN Central grad Ryan Alexander, who is the head baseball coach at Grove City High School in suburban Columbus,worked on the camp staff for National Champion Vanderbilt.
- CODY KROLL won the Powhatan Sportsman’s Club Catfish Tournament last weekend. His catch weighed in at 18 pounds, 6 ounces. According to club officials, Kroll, 15, is believed to be the youngest winner of the tournament.
- LONG-TIME AREA track and cross country official Lois Wright, of Scio, was named the OHSAA’s girls’ cross country official of the year. She was honored at a banquet in Columbus last month.
- SPEAKING OF cross country, Beaver Local High School announced it will be fielding a cross country team this fall. The Beavers will compete in both the OVAC and Buckeye 8 Championships.
- INDIANA UNIVERSITY added quarterback Danny Cameron, who is the son of former Miami Dolphins’ head coach Cam Cameron, to its football roster. Danny’s aunt and uncle – Marjorie and Max Plumly – reside in Barnesville.
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