Motivating the “student” in student-athletes

A basketball program that teaches leadership and college readiness.

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Milpitas Swoosh Basketball is a club that currently has 70+ student athletes in 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th grades with 8 volunteer coaches. Team Swoosh has a nonprofit license 501(c). They represent East San Jose and Milpitas areas. They sponsor the less fortunate kids that can not afford but love the game of basketball. The club is an AAU Basketball Organization (all year round sport) and the program is to initiate, stimulate, and improve opportunities for amateur basketball competition with a goal on promoting and developing leadership, sportsmanship, fitness, and athletic excellence.

Coach Marlon Pacis is the Director of the club and firmly believes that the program is about creating opportunity and leadership by exposing kids to qualities that will help them grow and create opportunity. He is a true believer that the “student-athletes” need to emphasize “student” in all aspects of the program. Making sure kids develop and are exposed to higher education opportunity is a key part of Swoosh Basketball.

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Coach Pacis and the club partner with ChromaUp to make sure the student-athletes capture their achievements on and off the court to tell their story and get college ready.

“Our players are student-athletes and exposing them to higher education opportunity is an integral part of the Swoosh program, partnering with ChromaUp is extremely organic in achieving these goals — kids showcase their ability on and off the court via their Timelines, and ChromaUp badges allows us to memorialize leadership, skill, and recommendations easily. We look forward to engaging the kids and explore the various possibilities provided by ChromaUp” — Coach Pacis.

Understanding that over 1000+ colleges are going test score optional and that his students need to be future ready, he actively works on exposing his kids to the latest tools and information to help them pursue success.

Money, money, money…

You’re getting #CollegeReady and evaluating all the things that are important but what about the Return on Investment (ROI), sure it sounds like a stick-in-the-mud Q but should it not be relevant?

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While picking a major we’re sure you guys all see the “follow your passion” and everything will take care of itself messages, and it’s definitely great advise but also keep an eye on what your future may hold with that degree. The great debate of our time is about college costs & value, so pursuing your passion with clear knowledge of your earning potential & future financial viability is not a bad thing.

While not the primary consideration make sure to add this into your “pursuit of higher education” equation. As usual the ChromaUp Sensei is here to help ;o) — here are some resources to guide you,

  • Here is a “Lifetime Earnings” calculator you can manipulate to view salary projections of various majors
  • Some insight into where the fastest growing opportunities are

There is a ton more research you could do, but we wanted to nudge you guys in the right direction.

As always, there is no substitute for being prepared. Woot!

College Readiness is all about YOU!

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Would you do this? Can you do this? Would you want to?

Getting ready for college is about knowing yourself. In the din of the #CollegeReadiness adventure sometimes it’s easy to forget that the process is mostly to help you understand yourself and match you with the institution that most allows you to be successful.

There are some key Q’s you can ask yourself to evaluate and discover your future, you can find them here. Try to answer these Q’s honestly with folks that care about you.

Focusing and building your ChromaUp Timeline to capture your achievement story is also a great reflective way to understand who you are and what you have been successful at — while it provides colleges a synopsis of your achievement it is also a powerful way for you to reflect on your journey and what it may tell you about yourself.

So be diligent from the 9th grade to capture your achievement on your Timeline and let it become a tool to help you determine your strengths and interests.

As usual, there is no substitute for being ready.

The ChromaUp Sensei