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Home of Champions - Becoming a Champion
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/02/2014

Striving for excellence in both sports and school is a significant challenge. Becoming a champion scholar-athlete requires passion, discipline, sacrifice, and a willingness to choose the more difficult road.

Though its challenges are many, those who embark down the scholar-athlete path find the journey to be immensely rewarding – both for the personal opportunities that scholar-athlete achievement presents and for the immeasurable shaping of character that occurs along the way.

In these video segments, Cardinal athletes talk about their scholar-athlete experiences and what it takes to “become a champion”. Sarah Flynn (Lacrosse), Kim Hall (Water Polo), Clayton Holz (Soccer), and Tyrone McGraw (Track and Field) discuss what they have learned about handling challenges, time management, and what it means to be dedicated. They also comment on the importance of academics as part of the scholar-athlete journey and reflect on what makes the Stanford scholar-athlete experience unique.

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Scholar-Athlete Lessons Learned

Be committed and make sacrifices. Love what you do. Play for the right reasons. A group of Stanford scholar-athletes talk about what they’ve learned from the scholar-athlete experience.

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Reflecting on the Stanford Experience

What do these scholar-athletes find most enjoyable about their experience at Stanford? Great friends, big challenges, and endless opportunities.

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The Importance of Academics

Stanford scholar-athletes take winning very seriously. But they also take great pride in their academic work and understand its importance in the “big picture”.

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Dedication

What does it mean to be dedicated? Finding a way to get it done. Persevering through adversity. Aligning your priorities properly. Watch our scholar-athletes discuss “dedication”.

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Handling Challenges

The scholar-athlete journey is full of challenges and adversity. Watch our scholar-athletes talk about the challenges they have faced and how they’ve handled them.

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Time Management

How does one balance a rigorous academic course load, a demanding practice and competition schedule, and other interests? Our scholar-athletes talk about how they prioritize commitments and remain organized to best manage their time.


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