Be a team player, say KSU grads

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Be a team player seemed to be the dominant message from former Kentucky State University athletes to the current ones Friday afternoon at the school.

That's the advisement several alumni hoped to convey as they spoke about life after sports to the business people of tomorrow.

"In corporate America, if you can't get along with people, they don't want you," said Anthony Howard, a former track and field athlete at KSU who is now a marketing manager in Louisville. "I like seeing on a resum that someone played sports because that tells me they're a team player.

"It doesn't matter how good you are at what you do," Howard continued. "If you don't have the right attitude in working with others, that will make or break you. Corporate America wants someone who can get along with others."

Howard was one of 16 former athletes on hand to offer advice to athletes. The event was sponsored by the Kentucky State University Alumni athlete Motivation Task Force.

Howard, a former member of the Board of Regents at KSU, also encouraged students to pay close attention to their classes. While lessons now may not apply to everyday life, they soon will.

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