Frank Parisi is a sixth-grader at Schalmont Middle School

Even best athletes shouldn’t skip college

Friday, May 14, 2010
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Frank Parisi is a sixth-grader at Schalmont Middle School

Have you been really good at something so they brought you up, like skipping a grade perhaps? Now it is happening in professional sports — high schoolers are skipping college to play professional sports for a living.

Many athletes think they don’t have to go to college if they don’t want to. If they don’t go to college, they can start professional sports at age 18 and make a lot of money. If they go to college and get a major injury, they can’t play anymore. They will never be on a professional team and make millions of dollars.

Derek Jeter, for example, skipped college. Look how good he is and how much money he has made.

Other athletes think they should go to college first. They get career skills and are now able to get hired. Most baseball careers last about five years, so they might be done with sports at age 25. If they don’t go to college what will they do? Steven Stroatsburg, for example, went to college and now he plays Major League Baseball. When he stops playing sports he will get hired because he has career skills.

So if you are interested in professional sports, go to college first, even if you are the best player ever. You will have career skills and you will be hired after your professional sports. Plus, you will learn how to manage your money.

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