Student Athletes at Haskell Work Hard for Their Privilege to Play

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Haskell football players take a moment to strike a pose on the first day of spring practices. Photo courtesy of Haskell Football.

Haskell football players take a moment to strike a pose on the first day of spring practices. Photo courtesy of Haskell Football.

Being a Haskell student athlete is no easy task. It comes with great dedication and sacrifice.

by James Paddlety

Being a student athlete requires time management. There is a lot of hard work to be put in; go to class, wake up for early morning workouts, and having a positive mindset. Being a student athlete at Haskell is an amazing privilege.

“Being able to play on an all Native American team is a special opportunity that i’m grateful I get to experience.¨ said Marcus McVay. ¨My daily routine is working out, eat breakfast, go to class, eat lunch, go to class, workout again, do homework, shower, stretch, pray, sleep and repeat.¨ McVay added.

Bryatt Alexander, a football player at Haskell, knows about what it takes to be a student athlete. ¨At times it can be hard. Being a student athlete requires self-discipline from a person. For instance, sometimes you get tired from waking up early in the morning to work out or practice and the easiest thing to do is skip class, but you have to go otherwise you could fail the class and become ineligible.¨ Alexander also commented ¨Being a student comes first. If you don’t make the grades then you don’t get to be on the field.¨