It's Fri-yay! This week features Chris Li, former Lacrosse player at Ohio State University. Chris embodies what it means to be a true teammate as he won several awards while at Ohio State. Chris lettered in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, and earned the Bice Unsung Hero Team Award in 2006. He was a Team Captain in 2007, and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner in 2007 as well. He was named Academic All-Big 10 and OSU Scholar-Athlete selection in 2007. Finally, Chris was the recipient of the Michael Robert Breschi Scholarship his senior year as a testament to his character. Here's what Chris has to say about his experience playing college Lacrosse:
GamePlan: If you could sum up your college athletic experience in one word, what would it be? Chris: Incredible
GamePlan: What is a lesson you learned while playing college athletics?
Chris: Life and family are more important than any other “things” you may obtain with money. Discipline. Integrity.
GamePlan: What is one of the hardest moments you had to get through while playing college sports, and how did you get through it?
Chris: When my coach's son unexpectedly passed away. We got through it by openly communicating with each other our sadness/grief and by honoring his life/personality by forming an endowed scholarship at OSU (the Michael Robert Breschi Scholarship).
GamePlan: What is one of the hardest moments you had to get through while going through the recruiting process?
Chris: Deciding where to invest my time - what school? What program? Etc.
GamePlan: What is your favorite memory from playing college sports?
Chris: Being awarded MRB scholarship (Michael Robert Breschi) my senior year.
GamePlan: What advice do you have for student-athletes who are trying to play at the collegiate level?
Chris: The amount of time you will invest is 50-60% more than what you are probably thinking of.
GamePlan: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything? If so, what would you do differently?
Chris: I wouldn’t change anything about my choices/decisions other than attend more sporting events (besides Football).
GamePlan: What are you up to now?
Chris: Sales Director, Father of beautiful Evelyn, husband to amazing wife Anna, world traveler (only because Anna’s British), wannabe beach volleyballer.
GamePlan: What role did athletics play in helping you get to where you are now?
Chris: No matter your perceived limits, you can break them with the right attitude. Do one thing better each day and over a year, you’re 365 things better than last year.
GamePlan: Love that!!
GamePlan: Anything else you’d like to share?
Chris: It’s ok to play D2 or D3
Thank you, Chris! If you know Chris, you know he's a genuine human being with a strong work-ethic. He is proof that integrity is a huge part of what coaches look for in players they recruit!
Final point - while OSU is a large D1 school with major athletic programs, Chris is spot on saying that it's ok to play at the D2 or D3 level. In fact, a number of our featured athletes played at D2, D3 and small D1 schools. If you really want to play at the collegiate level - there is a school for you! GamePlan will help you find it 😊