Humber varsity athletes blazing a path to future careers

by | Apr 4, 2014 | Feature, Sports

Kheon Clarke
Sports Reporter

Humber College’s student athletes have future plans to excel beyond their respective playing fields.

The athletes at Humber College are known for their superb play, but we know little about their academic endeavors.

Humber varsity athletes are enrolled in many programs across a wide spectrum.

Some are in programs tied to physical activity, like kinesiology and fitness and health promotion. Others are training as chefs, child and youth workers or civil engineers.

Third year point guard Mary Asare is a paralegal education student. She said she enjoys the challenge of learning about the legal system.

“I always thought that law was interesting, and I love getting into it and debating about certain cases and case scenarios,” Asare said.

Asare said paralegal education involves extensive research and possessing the correct and crucial information to win certain cases.

“This program it’s about knowing your stuff and delving into the right information to win cases,” Asare said.

Asare said after she graduates she hopes to get her P1 license, which is required to practice as a paralegal, and hopes to one day have her own law practice.

“Hopefully I can work under a lawyer for a couple of years and gain experience to open my own practice,” Asare said.

Other student athletes hope to pursue a professional career in their sport, and Humber Hawks star point guard RJ Ramirez falls into that category.

Ramirez is a first year travel and tourism student that said he hopes to use his program of study as a back up option.

“I’m not looking too far ahead when it comes to pursuing a career in travel and tourism,” he said. “I want to play basketball professionally overseas in Europe and get paid to play the game that I love.”

Ramirez said he’s gotten a few looks from university teams for after he graduates from Humber, but would much rather take his chances on the pro circuit.

“If I can find an agent that can help me get some exposure oversees that would be great. I also have the option of playing pro ball in the Philippines,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said if it’s necessary to further develop his game, he will do at least one year of university after Humber.

Ramirez is on the right path after winning several OCAA honours in his rookie season as a Humber Hawk.

First year Hawks’ forward and third year massage therapy student Alyssa Carey said she enjoys the content portion of her program.

“It’s heavily based on anatomy and physiology and it’s all hands on learning, which is my favourite aspect of it,” Carey said.

Carey said she feels prepared to graduate from her program but has reapplied to Humber to gain as much knowledge as she can.

“Having an advanced diploma is great, and I definitely want to be a masseuse in the future, but I want to be a bit more experienced so I decided to continue my education,” Carey said.

Carey says she would like to work with athletes and other active people.

“Hopefully one day I will own my own clinic with a multidisciplinary team,” Carey said.