For the Troy Daily News
TIPP CITY — The road to college for athletes is no longer lined with traditional mile markers.
It used to be that batting averages, points per game or yards per carry paved the way for sports stars. Nowadays, one more percentage is carrying more and more weight. It’s called the grade point average. The days of athletes dreaming to “Be Like Mike” and parents’ dreams of having it pay for an education and a lucrative future for their child-student-athlete have vastly changed over the last generation or so. In fact, there is a lot more work to hitting a home run than just hitting home runs.
A seminar to prepare parents and athletes for the recruiting road ahead — complete with all its bumps — is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Tippecanoe High School.
“Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation. Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility, as they need to be in order to pursue their goals.
The program was designed by Rick Wire, president of Pennsylvania-based Dynamite Sports, and father of 9-year NFL veteran Coy Wire. This seminar will provide families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships and the realities of the college recruiting process.
According to Wire, he found himself looking for answers when his then 8-year-old son, Coy, started talking about being a college football star. Wire had not attended college himself and decided he had better start preparing for the future. He questioned other parents who had been through the process, looking for pros and cons and ways to prepare financially.
In the end, his son Coy earned his scholarship to play football at Stanford University. Then in 2002, Coy was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills where he played for six seasons and then finished his career for the past three seasons as a captain and player rep with the Atlanta Falcons.
Wire used his study to become a speaker and expert in college athletics and its recruiting process. He then created the Dynamite Sports Educational Recruiting System, which combines academic preparation and athletic training with marketing and recruiting strategies to navigate through the process.
The plan provides direction to high school athletes and parents, and staff development training and resources to high school coaches and counselors to help all parties make knowledgeable choices and decisions in college athletics and recruiting.
Darnell Dinkins will present an hour-long seminar at 7:30 p.m. in Tippecanoe High Schools Center for Performing Arts. Interested participants are asked to arrive early, if possible, to receive a number of handouts and watch a pre-program video.
For information about Dynamite Sports, go to www.dynamitesports.com.