Local high school stars showcase skills for college scouts

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by the HISD Media Office, Video by Daniel Gotera / 11 Sports

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Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

HOUSTON - The Houston Independent School District invited more than 90 universities and colleges to scout some of the Houston area’s female student-athletes in volleyball, basketball, track and field, soccer and softball at a day-long, skills-showcasing event that helped more student-athletes garner the exposure and experience needed to secure an athletic scholarship to a higher education institution.


HISD’s Department of Athletics presented the showcase of Houston-area senior girls student-athletes who have yet to earn an athletic college scholarship.


Following the success of the boys Senior Showcase from March 2009 when more than $19,159,000 was awarded to graduating football players, the district decided to have a similar forum for its female student-athletes.

Student-athletes from basketball, soccer, softball, track and field and volleyball performed skills and speed drills as well as participate in competition in front of the college scouts. HISD also opened the event to female student-athletes from surrounding districts.


"The purpose of the showcase is to promote our female student-athletes and provide them with the opportunity to tryout and possibly compete on a college level," said Sharla Odhams, HISD athletic program administrator.
 

More than 150 female student-athletes competed in front of the college coaches and recruiters.


Although most senior athletes sign by early spring of their graduating year, the district believes that it is never too late to earn an athletic scholarship from a college.

Oftentimes, it has been lack of exposure for the student-athletes as well as not understanding there are scores of schools available and not just the big name schools.

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