Former athlete sets to inspire students

To conclude the National Collegiate Athlete Association’s Division III week, a guest speaker spoke at Linfield College to Wildcat athletes in Ted Wilson Gymnasium on April 15.

Will Keim, a former college athlete at the University of the Pacific, spoke about being successful, not only in sports, but in life.

Keim started his lecture by saying how great Division III sports are. Unlike Division I, Division III sports are not solely influenced by money, and focus on the academic side of the college experience. Division III athletes may miss a few days of class because of travel, but it is nothing like Division I athletes, where softball players can miss up to 40 days in a trimester for their sport.

As Keim continued, his emphasis focused on how college students’ actions impact their future.

“You are setting the banquette table for the feast of the rest of your life,” Keim said.

Keim then spoke of different actions that everyone should incorporate in their life like thinking, feeling, hoping and loving.

One of the most important actions that college students have to focus on is the thinking portion, as our actions can affect the rest of our lives. Keim gave four things to think about before anyone makes a choice: why am I doing this, is it legal, is it consistent with my moral principles and what are the consequences. If students follow this process they will generally make good decisions.

Keim gave examples of success in other lives and his own, where he had lost 140 pounds.

To continue with the success trend, Keim talked about majors and how you should love your classes, because your work will be similar.

“Find something you love to do and do it well enough so someone will pay you to do it,” Keim said. “You won’t have to work a day in your life.”

Keim currently speaks all across the country and is the softball coach at Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore.

This lecture concluded Division III week at Linfield College, where student athletes were celebrated for their pursuit of sport and academics.


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