You think you got game? Can you throw a 90-mile-per-hour fastball? How many touchdowns did you score for your high-school football team? No matter how good you are, the chances of actually earning a spot on a big-league roster are one in a million. This is the reality of professional sports. But if you love sports so much that you can’t see yourself doing anything else, consider these potential sport careers:
Imagine taking your writing skills and all that sports knowledge buried deep in your cranium to one of Canada’s leading media sources. Perhaps one day you might find yourself writing for the Calgary Sun, following Jarome Iginla and the Flames to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1989! If baseball is your flavour, you could get a gig writing for the Toronto Blue Jays’ website, while following the bluebirds to their first ring since winning back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993. What a story!
Ever see those guys who hang out with the coaches on the bench and hand off towels to the players between periods? These guys are equipment managers and they do anything and everything for the players of their clubs. Sometimes it might mean sharpening skates and taping sticks, or it might even mean washing the players’ jockstraps after a hot afternoon of baseball! Yet with the bad comes the good, and that means these guys get a ring when their teams win a league championship.
Whether you’re ripping down the side of a rocky mountain in British Columbia or skiing fresh powder on Mount Tremblant in Quebec, one thing is for sure — you are one heck of a snowboarder! There are hundreds of people out there who dream of learning how to ride like a pro. If cruising black diamond runs on your Burton deck is like heaven on earth, perhaps you should consider becoming a member of the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. With a certificate from them, you could teach the sport on any mountain in Canada — even Whistler!
A torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or broken bones can occur in any sport, often ending the career of an incredible athlete. When these terrible events happen, there is always a team trainer on the field to assist the athletes through rehabilitation. Most trainers have years of post-graduate education and understand the ins and outs of the body almost as well as a doctor. If you like medicine and sports, this is the perfect fit. One day, you may help your favourite athlete through a tough injury as they get back to the sport they love.
SPORTS CARD DESIGNER
Do you collect baseball cards? These days, just about every sport has some kind of card featuring the top professional players in their league. Upper Deck, Topps, and Bowman have been the top-selling cards for decades. If you have a knack for computer graphics and some good sports knowledge, you might find yourself designing cards for Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees.
Written by Faze contributor Brian Bileski