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Learn About ‘Life Beyond Athletics’ at Shipley Event

Join the Bryn Mawr School and ESF Camps for an April 18 event focused on helping student-athletes succeed.

Being a student comes with its own challenges and pressures, and if your child is a student-athlete, they probably face an additional list of responsibilities. To help students — and parents — cope with the pressure, ESF Camps and Programs and The Shipley School are hosting “Life Beyond Athletics: Extending Your Child’s Winning Streak, ” an April 18 event aimed at helping student-athletes succeed.


Dr. Jim Loehr, a world-renowned sports performance psychologist and author, is the lead speaker, and he’ll be joined by a discussion panel stocked with experience in the sports industry. The event is ideal for parents of any high-achieving child, whether their most intense focus is on sports, academics — or both.


ESF co-founder and executive director Michael Rouse and Steven Piltch, Shipley’s head of school, put the event together after several discussions about what they were seeing in the student-athletes in their programs. Rouse, a former top-ranked junior and collegiate athlete — and father of three — said achieving high standards as a student-athlete can cause a lot of anxiety that may take away from the experience of education itself. The pressure of pursuing athletic scholarships, in addition to maintaining grades and succeeding on standardized tests, can push student-athletes to the brink.


Rouse said he hopes the event helps parents, kids, and educators learn some new strategies for helping high-achieving kids and teenagers achieve balance, and build resilience.


“The plain and simple truth is that only a small percentage of those players do receive a free ride and we want to share the statistics and realities with them and their families,” Piltch said. “We should have students in programs that stress the importance of balance in their lives. After all, even for athletes able to earn a scholarship, an athletics career will rarely last beyond college graduation.”


Speakers in the discussion panel will include Pat Croce, former president of the Philadelphia 76ers; Ashley Fox, an NFL reporter and analyst for ESPN; former sports agent Molly Fletcher; and Paul Assaiante, an author and coach who’s now the head tennis and squash coach at Trinity College. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.


“We want this night to reset the scorecard for ‘success’ for young people by allowing teens to become stronger, healthier, more resilient individuals of great character and better prepared to handle the demands of life,” Rouse said.


This free event will be held from 7 – 9 pm in the Shipley Commons on the Upper Campus, 825 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr. For more information, visit ishipley.org/lifebeyondathletics.


Photograph via Canva. 




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