If someone is analyzing a soccer, basketball, or softball game, they may be impressed by an athletic game or cheer on a particular team. Ultimately, they would come to the conclusion that it is all about winning the game. Still, win or lose, it’s just a game. While winning is the goal all athletes want to achieve, athletics is much more than just a game. Athletics, especially at the collegiate level, is a laboratory for the growth of future A-player employees. An A player is a top level employee who is a great leader, role model and achieves success. Hiring one A player will drastically change a business and with the right tactics to retain valued employees, A players will attract more high quality workers.
According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the percentage of athletes who continue their athletic careers professionally is miniscule. 1.6% of all NCAA soccer players play in the NFL, 0.9% of all women’s basketball players get the chance to play in the WNBA, and 1.4% of male soccer players continue their college career at a professional level. In the 2013-2014 academic year, 472,625 athletes participated in 23 NCAA sports across the country. Unfortunately, the opportunity to play professionally is very small and many talented athletes have to leave athletics and enter the workplace after graduation.