23-year old professional baseball player, Walker Olis was worn down by an injury and the daily grind of pro baseball. He was looking forward to exploring a new career which was not the same as his dream sport, baseball.
Olis, who was an outfielder from Burlington, Washington, said “I knew at that moment. It was bittersweet to be told that you failed. However, at the same time, I was excited.” “My heart wasn’t in it, and it kind of showed,” said Olis about continuing to play on the field.
“I was excited to go back to school,” Olis said, talking about the moment he was handed a promotional flyer of Northeastern University. It contained details about a program that had his mind made instantly and enabled him to pursue his education at Northeastern.
Relieving the pressure to get a hit, Major League Baseball’s vice president and deputy general counsel for labour relations and player programs, Paul Mifsud says “We have a tremendous amount of turnover in baseball, particularly in the minor leagues. So each year you have 2,000 players who now need something else.”
Sports become a crucial part of a player’s life. They pour their all into it and the more passionate the person is, the more willing they are to turn their passion into profession.
However, careers in field- like- sports are always very difficult to get a foothold on and become successful in, Misfud has been scared that his dream baseball career might only be a short-lived experience. “When people are stressed about their jobs, they bring that stress home, and that leads to incidents of domestic violence.” So he used education. It not only became a medium to reduce the pressure but also to channelises it. It also builds a backup career for the players who are struggling to build a career in sports. One such player was Olis, who chose to join Northeastern University and follow another path that was different from his dream of playing baseball.