Naperville is home to many sporting activities, from preschool all the way up to high school, so it’s not surprising the topic of high school athletics and college scholarships comes up a lot among families with up-and-coming athletes.
On this episode, the Moms are joined by Bob Quinn, Athletic Director of Naperville North High School, to talk about kids in sports and the potential for scholarships in college.
Though many kids and parents may dream of playing at the college level, the odds are slim. According to Quinn, only about 7% of high school varsity athletes play college-level sports. Of those athletes, only 2% participate in a scholarship-based program. Division 3 level colleges, such as Loras College where Quinn was the Athletic Director, are where a majority of high school athletes continue to play.
Quinn believes, “What is important for all parents and moms to understand is athletics, by and large, need to be based and focused on the facts that it is an opportunity to learn life lessons.”
The life lessons were not lost on Patti Minglin’s son on the wrestling mat, where his coach taught him respect through the simple gesture of shaking his opponent’s hand before each match.
From sports teams to extra curricular activities such as speech, theater, and dance, parents, coaches and instructors have the responsibility to leverage the teachable moments that happen all the time to raise the next generation.
- Dr. Cathy Subber
- Saritha Arellano
- Erica Lopez
- Patti Minglin
- Bob Quinn, Naperville North High School Athletic Director