Three free information sessions on how to obtain college athletic scholarships take place on Saturday at the Willoughby Community Centre, located in Langley Events Centre.
The sessions will be at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. They are presented by school principal Bill Green, who has offered similar sessions in recent years.
They are for male and female athletes and parents, from all sports.
“B.C. athletes are extremely fortunate to have such a wide variety of outstanding athletic choices to choose from. British Columbia offers its male and female athletes outstanding programs in just about every sport imaginable. As a result of the excellent sports programs and coaching, athletes from B.C. are quickly becoming more visible on the national, international and professional stages,” Green says.
However, the pathway to the top is not always an easy one and families are spending extraordinary amounts of time, energy and money in an effort to help their children reach their goals of playing at the college, university, national and professional levels.
In an effort to assist more athletes and their families with the confusing world of college and university athletics, Green has decided to share what he has learned with parents and student athletes.
His son Taylor is presently a member of the Canadian national baseball team and has played for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball.
Taylor Green played in the BC Premier Baseball League, of which the Langley Blaze is a member. He played with the Parksville Royals before attending Cypress College in California, where he was drafted by the Brewers.
“The pathway to your dreams can be a challenging, yet wonderful experience,” says Bill Green. “There are so many male and female athletes in B.C. who have the potential to move on to the college or university level, but never get the chance because they don’t know what to do.”
He understands how athletes can use the education system to their advantage. Designing athletes’ academic, athletic and social lives around their goals and dreams is what he enjoys helping with.
Since helping his son with the process, he has now worked with over 600 male and female athletes in a variety of sports, including baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, golf, volleyball, sailing, rowing, wrestling, and even fencing and opera singing.
“My goal is to help families understand the process involved in recruiting and college/university scholarships so that more kids can feel the joy and fulfillment of combining their academics and athletics at the highest level,” he says.
He currently teaches in the Sport and Exercise Education Program at Camosun College in Victoria. In addition to his classroom duties, he works with athletes at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence and the Canadian Sport School.
As a longtime coach and competitive athlete, he has decided to focus his expertise on helping families with the steps they need to take to acquire academic and athletic scholarships at the university level.