With close to eight million students participating in high school sports in the United States, only about two percent of those athletes move on to play college athletics in the NCAA. Those numbers illustrate what an accomplishment it is to play college sports at any institution.
However, Lynn is not just any institution. Lynn University’s athletics have a national reputation of dominance.
Home to 23 national championships, Lynn has several teams currently threatening to bring home more. Lynn’s athletic program attracts top-tier athletes not only from all over the nation, but from all over the world.
This year, the men’s soccer team won the conference and finished the season ranked number 11 in the nation. The men’s and women’s basketball teams each made runs in their conference tournaments. Woman’s swimming sent two swimmers to nationals. Men’s lacrosse is competing with some of the best programs in the nation. Baseball was ranked as high as number 11 in the nation so far in the year and looks to climb back into national rankings. The men’s and women’s tennis teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally at number eight and number two, respectively.
From the moment the athletes start at Lynn, they immediately recognize that Lynn is a great place because it is a place to win.
“It’s exciting because there really aren’t many other schools that compete at the level that we do and have as much success as we have as a whole,” said Connor Davis, freshman pitcher. “I feel super fortunate to be able to play at this school.”
Aside from the on-field accomplishments, Lynn prides itself on its close-knit, intimate community.
“It’s great being a student-athlete at Lynn,” said Donish Henry-Colek, redshirt sophomore and red-shirt soccer player. “All of my teachers are very understanding of my practice and game schedules and my coaches are understanding of my school work. At Lynn, everyone is family here.”
When college athletes are fortunate enough to play at the next level, they often reflect on their years in college as some of the best times playing their sport. This is because they are playing for the pure love of the game. College is the last time they get to play before money really becomes involved.
Lynn is a launching pad for life beyond sports as well. Lynn athletes achieve far more than big wins.
“Being a part of the Lynn softball program has brought me great friends and memories,” said Maddy White, junior outfielder. “Playing for three years allowed me to take away skills, and leadership opportunities that I will be able to use in my life after graduation.”
Lynn University is a special school. Although it is small in size, it is immense in opportunity. For its student-athletes, there is nothing more to ask for than the chance to play the sport they love, to win and to take advantage of all that Lynn provides.