I have two sons, one in high school and one in middle school. My high school student is a great athlete in both football and basketball. As his college years are quickly approaching we’ve been discussing scholarship opportunities. I have been equally excited for my middle school son. He is very talented in MMA. He’s been doing jujitsu and Muay Thai for about a year and a half, and this year dabbled in wrestling however Muay Thai and The jits are by far his favorite. He has passion for the sport and art of MMA— he knows all of the UFC fighters; he studies their fights, past and present, and works hard daily to improve his skills. As I’ve begun to research scholarship opportunities I was SHOCKED to learn very quickly that they don’t exist! As least not for colleges. There are a few for karate and judo but none for Muay Thai or jujitsu. I am stunned.. and disappointed but also hopeful that as the MMA sport becomes more popular that colleges may consider adding MMA to their portfolio of available scholarships. Colleges are more expensive then ever and the job market is competitive— MMA students are disciplined in nature— these kids should have an opportunity to pursue an education with financial assistance as a result of their dedication and perseverance to the sport in addition to citizenship and academics. I truly think it’s time that this sport gets a seat at the table with the others...
Anyone else in the UFC Fight Club fam feel the same way.. any thoughts?
Sincerely, a mom with the same love for the mma sport as her son ❤️
P.S. you can check out my kids athletic highlights on my instagram page @number1sportsfam