Wow! It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since this idea became a reality. To be honest, it’s definitely felt longer than that. Getting an interview published on the site might not sound like a ton of work but let me tell you, that’s the farthest thing from the truth! The process from start to finish can take a ton of time and effort but it’s always worth it when the final product is produced.
Over the year, we’ve had 160 000+ pageviews and over 40 000 people visit the site at least once! We’ve published over 100 articles and interviews so far from finding out who student-athletes are “Behind the Uniform” to the ultimate guide to surviving your first year as a student-athlete.
Throughout the year, I was often asked if I wrote all the articles on the site which proved that there was a major miscommunication on my part. I was honoured to have student-athletes from around the country volunteer their time to interview current and former student-athletes from their respective schools. Often burdened with hectic schedules, these student-athlete ambassadors still took the time to conduct interviews and for that, I want to thank them greatly for their dedication and sacrifice to make Stath Blog into what it is today.
The greatest thanks goes to those who were interviewed. The unique thing about Stath Blog is that we allow student-athletes to tell their own story, in their own words and exactly how they want to tell it. Myself and the ambassadors of Stath Blog don’t write the articles, we just ask the questions. All those interviewed provided insight on a multitude of different topics and gave stellar advice every time we asked for it. Thank you to all that took the time to answer our questions and provided advice to future, current and former student-athletes across the country.
The most rewarding part of running the blog was seeing the impact that it had on people. Seeing the comments on Facebook from the family members and friends of the featured student-athletes made the sometimes long and stressful process all worth it every time.
One thing that I’ve realized since starting this blog is the doors it has opened up. I learned about a concept called the Corridor Principle in one of my entrepreneurship classes and it has proven to be 100% accurate. It states that just by starting a venture, you are now exposed to a multitude of different opportunities for connections, advice and even more ventures to build on from the initial one. I would urge anyone with an idea that may be waiting for the “perfect” time to start or begin to take Nike’s slogan literally and just do it! It will be the best decision you make, success or “failure”.
My goal for Stath Blog is to make it the # 1 hub for all things related to student-athletes with a heavy focus on life after sports and career development. Far too many student-athletes struggle with identifying and defining themselves with anything other than the sport they play and often have trouble finding things they're passionate about besides their sport. This can be dangerous when faced with a career ending injury or when your playing time is over and they are left wondering what to do with their life. Stath Blog will be working on providing resources, tips, advice and tools to ensure every student-athlete begins thinking about their future a lot sooner than they typically would.
A New major Partnership - Ten thousand coffees x Stath Blog
I’m excited to announce our partnership with Ten Thousand Coffees which will allow us to facilitate and fulfill our mission of connecting student-athletes across Canada. Ten Thousand Coffees is a platform that allows organizations to create communities where their members can search and get connected with other members that share similar interests and meet with them over a cup of coffee (or any other beverage of choice).
We’ve created the Stath Connection which will aim to connect current and former student-athletes across Canada. We hope that this will lead to opportunities for mentorship, advice, connections and ultimately employment opportunities for all members of the community. There is strength in numbers and we believe that creating a community of like minded individuals who know the benefits that student-athletes bring to the workforce will create a community that will help each other out and continue to excel far beyond athletics.
Recruiting Stath positions
We will be actively recruiting student-athletes and non student-athletes to take on ambassador roles at their respective schools. We will be expanding to colleges this year as well and will need ambassadors as soon as possible. Each school will have a Lead Campus Ambassador who will be in charge of leading a group of Campus Ambassadors and ensuring that interviews are conducted on a monthly basis. Being a Campus Ambassador allows you to meet and speak with student-athletes, current and former, and ask them questions that you’d never have the chance to ask previously. You will benefit from getting to know your athletic department better and will improve on your writing, editing and communication skills.
We’re also looking for people to join our executive team as we look to fill multiple positions available. From graphic design to public relations and more, if you’d like to gain some experience in any field, we will work with you to create a position that benefits you.
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In conclusion, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been involved with the success of Stath Blog. I may have had the idea to start it, but there have been countless people behind the scenes who have put in a ton of work voluntarily because they viewed the impact it was creating. I would love to see this grow into something greater in the upcoming year and welcome anyone who would like to join the movement or offer any advice or feedback.
I’m thankful for all the success so far but we still have a lot of growing to do!
Founder and President of Stath Blog