The tale of the one percenters

They call us the One Percenters.

We are the ones that work extra hard just to reach the next level, that sacrifice our summers of fun to be at the ball field for hours on end or in the gym getting faster and stronger.

This happens while most kids think of summer as going to the pool, going to see movies and hanging with friends through all hours of the night, but for all, that is not the case.

There is a different breed of kids who spend their summers on the field, on the court or in the gym in order to succeed and do what they love to the best of their abilities.

These kids are the ones who solely dedicate their summers to getting recruited and earning scholarships from their dream schools in order to make their families and coaches proud. 

Not only do they make many sacrifices, they also have to decide what their main priorities are and what they want to do with their lives at a very young age.

They deal with the stress of trying to get recruited and loving the game at the same time. This is not an easy thing to do. These young athletes or the One Percenters are forced to always be on their “A” game because they never know who is watching.

Many young athletes as young as 14 years old are dealing with this right now.

They are learning to balance the seriousness of getting recruited and continuing to have love for the game. They are learning about which college is the best fit for them and which ones are going to offer them the most money.

Not only that but they are deciding which school is going to help them along their journey through life and allow them to continue loving the game while pushing them to their breaking point at the same time.

This can be a lot for a young kid that just finished their first year in high school. Being a One Percenter will expose you to playing against some of the best athletes in the nation.

This is not a parent’s decision whatsoever. These young athletes have chosen this for themselves because it is what they want.

This is what being a One Percenter is all about.

This is a very time consuming and draining part of a young athlete’s life. Traveling from state to state every weekend, barely being home, and finding time to rest and heal your body from all of the stress being put on it.

It is not an easy thing to do. You have to be mentally tough enough and physically tough enough to deal with whatever challenges are thrown your way.

Only a select few can deal with this lifestyle. Those select few are called the “One Percenters.

Phillips is a sophomore at Lansing High School. Any questions for Riley can be sent to sports@leavenworthtimes.com