College recruiting realities

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Getting real about school and sports in college is the focus of a presentation from athletic educational speaker Jack Renkens at Montgomery High School on Wednesday.

Making his first appearance in the Empire in five years, the well known motivational speaker will provide a reality check about athletic recruiting for student athletes and parents.

“I’m primarily trying to get families to be realistic about the opportunities that are available and to get them to understand it’s about getting your education, not about hitting the ball, kicking the ball, throwing the ball. It’s about finding the right match academically,” Renkens said.

Among the topics Renkens will address: The school picks you; athletes must market themselves; find funding beyond the athletic scholarship.

Renkens has toured the United States for 16 years speaking about the realities about high school athletes playing at the next level.

A particular message is prep athletes can continue in college at a variety of competitive levels. The key is finding the right school and financial aid.

A former college athletics director, Renkens also had a daughter play NCAA basketball.

The presentation is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Montgomery High School. There is no cost. For more information, call 322-9557.

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