Braselton, GA (PRWEB) May 13, 2011
Former NFL running back, Shawn Bryson (Buffalo Bills; Detroit Lions), announces the launch of Next Prodigy Sports, an interactive website designed to link high school athletic hopefuls with college and university recruiters.
The vision of Next Prodigy Sports, is to help as many student athletes as possible achieve their goals and to offer them opportunities to live their dreams. NPS is not a sports agency; rather it is a resource for student athletes who are seeking scholarships at a college or university. NPS gives students another source of networking so that they can make sure their talent is recognized around the world in a positive way. Getting student athletes’ names, faces, and achievements out there to a national audience gives them the best opportunity to fulfill their dreams by earning a scholarship.
More than 400,000 student athletes participate in more than 35 collegiate sports programs, and more than a billion dollars is awarded every year to those athletes through a variety of scholarships, grants, loans, work-study programs, and other financial aid packages.
Athletic scholarships are available at National Collegiate Athletic Association Division (NCAA) I and II programs, and awards based on financial need are given to athletes participating in Division III schools. Athletic, academic, and financial need scholarships and grants are also awarded to young athletes at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) colleges, and valuable awards are available through hundreds of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) schools.
In spite of the thousands of colleges and universities that field athletic teams and hundreds of thousands of current student athletes, many high school students who are academically qualified and athletically gifted do not get the opportunity to continue their careers simply because they have not been identified by colleges and recruiters. Most colleges and universities have limited recruiting budgets. They won’t know about these talented and highly capable students unless somebody tells them. That’s where Next Prodigy Sports comes into the picture.
Bryson, who grew up in the small town of Franklin, North Carolina, knows what it’s like to need a helping hand to become noticed by those recruiters. In his case, it was his mother, Susie, who dedicated herself to investing countless hours organizing videotapes, hand-writing letters to coaches, and sending packages to colleges and universities.
While Susie’s approach may not have been highly professional, it did pay off. When all was said and done, Bryson had the privilege of choosing from several scholarship opportunities. He chose to play running back at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
At Tennessee, Shawn was one of the four captains on the 1998 National Championship team, and in 1999, he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. He played for the Bills from 1999-2002, then signed with the Detroit Lions in 2003. His career came to an end in 2007 because of injuries. In all, he spent eight years playing in the National Football League.
Today, he has capitalized on his love of sports by linking it up with his passion to help young athletes achieve their dreams. Thus Next Prodigy Sports, Inc. came into being.
The site is designed not only to assist recruiters, but also high school coaches, parents of athletes, and of course the athletes themselves. The site’s online tools help athletes get the attention of thousands of coaches and recruiters all across the country. Next Prodigy Sports eliminates the hassle of gathering, editing, and mailing game film, as well as writing letters to recruiters. The site offers athlete students three membership levels, the first of which is free.
Bryson is trusting and believing that the NPS system will result in many more students receiving well-deserved scholarships. Scholarships that would otherwise go begging.