If you were to Google Lewis & Clark College, you would find multiple rankings and interesting facts. You would see that it is the #5 most beautiful campuses (Princeton Review) and it is a Top 75 academic institution (US News). You would also find out that it has a 12:1 student to teacher ratio and approximately 2,000 undergraduate students. There is also 17% of the student body that participate in varsity athletics. There is one thing that there is no measurement or statistic for, and that is the quality of the character of the 17% of the undergraduate population that call themselves student-athletes.
Their huge hearts and wide smiles have a tremendous impact on my clients daily. It comes in forms of allowing a little girl to brag about her basketball trophy and asking the men's basketball team if they have ever won one like hers and simply replying, "Not yet but we're still working on it." Or when female students stop and introduce themselves to a girl-crazed teenage boy that says hi to EVERY female that passes during his training session. Not only do they stop and introduce themselves, they go on to ask about how his day has been going and what he enjoyed about school.
I am very gracious that I have a business that allows me to give back to my alma mater and provide the current students with life changing internships. But there are no words that describe how thankful and proud I am to see the daily interactions between my clients and the Lewis & Clark College student-athletes. You can find that they are 17% of the undergraduate population at Lewis & Clark, but you CANNOT find anything that truly captures their temperament and compassion. That character is something that is unmeasurable.