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Importance of Mentorship for Student-Athletes


If your child plays middle or high school sports, you know their success is not just about games. Their development relies on a big journey with lots of challenges. They have to balance their academics with sports and other extracurriculars. Figuring out how to succeed across the board requires more than discipline and hard work; your kid could benefit from a mentor.

Mentors do more than teach sports skills. Mentors are just wise friends who ensure your kid does well on the field (or rink or court or wherever they play…) and in the classroom. Mentors are even being used in pro sports! It is becoming more common for established players to mentor new talent. NBA icons like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili mentoring rising talents such as Victor Wembanyama are great examples. This mentorship extends beyond the court, where they focus on ‘basketball, business, and life”. 

Studies from the US Department of Education show that mentorship helps student-athletes perform better in sports and school. It helps them manage their time, handle stress, and overall do better in their classes. Having a mentor can be a big boost. Mentorship is good for more than just the athlete. Research shows that mentorship helps everyone involved in the team grow together. It’s especially helpful for marginalized people who might have a harder time in their sport and face unique challenges.

So, what do you need to make mentorship work?

You really need four big things.

  1. Clear goals
  2. Open communication
  3. Mutual respect
  4. Focus on developing the whole person, not just the athlete

Parents, here is where you come in.

You can help by supporting your kid’s mentorship journey. Encourage them to find mentors who understand them and help them grow. Remember, a good mentor can make a big difference in your child’s sports and life. You might need to help them and give them some ideas, but make sure they have input from someone who will get them and their goals.

This is where Untapped Learning can help. Our organization helps focus on developing the entire student-athlete. Through our mentoring programs, we ensure that your athletes receive well-rounded guidance, preparing them for success in school, sports, and beyond! 

For More: 

Impact of Mentoring on University Students

How to Find a Mentor for Your Young Athlete

Victor Wembanyama Will Be Mentored by Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker on Spurs

Mentor Relationships Can Help Female Athletes Deal with Discrimination, Bullying

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