Junior baseball player Colby Wright shares his daily routine
By: Aleah Milliner
Balancing school and athletics is not easy. However, junior Colby Wright, from Castro Valley Calif., who plays second base on the KU men’s baseball team, is able to live out his passion for baseball while still managing his education. His career on the baseball team allows him to dream of big things for his future.
A typical day for Wright is scheduled from beginning to end.
“From August through November, we practice four days a week,” said Wright. “Usually I wake up and head over to Oliver to eat breakfast. I go to class from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Then, I go to the clubhouse, shower and change, and start doing early outs, which means stretching and warming up on your own. Practice lasts three or four hours, then I head straight to weights. I usually grab a muscle-milk, shower, and I attend tutoring Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. After that I usually head back to the clubhouse to study.”
During the baseball season, the team practices every day besides Monday, the day it usually arrives back in town from away games.
Wright says that the biggest challenge in balancing school and athletics is trying not to let his academics affect his game on the field, and not letting baseball negatively affect his academics.
“The key is to keep a clear mind,” said Wright. “I think the athletic department does a good job of monitoring us. And you have to schedule your time. If you want to get good grades, you can’t really procrastinate.”
Even with a tight schedule, he still manages to fit in a little bit of free time. Outside of baseball and academics, Wright enjoys reading and spending time in the outdoors.
“I grew up next to a lake, and when I go home I like to fish,” he said. “I really like to be outdoors. It’s my favorite thing to do.”
Understandably, Wright spends a lot of time with his teammates. He says they are all like a family to him.
“We have a close knit team,” he said. “It is something I think is pretty special. My favorite memory of my time so far on the team is when we traveled to the Dominican Republic. It was basically a full paid vacation. We got to play the Indians and The KC Royals, and two random club teams. We also handed out health kits to sugar cane villages, and we got to play with the kids there. After that trip happened, I knew I definitely want to travel the world more.”
Inspired by his trip to the Dominican Republic, Wrights said he would love to backpack Europe and also hopes to visit Alaska.
Wright is studying sports management and minoring in business. He plans to attend graduate school in the future in pursuit of a Masters in Business Administration. He hopes to one day be a general manager for a sports team, ideally for a league in Italy.
“I love seeing different cultures,” he said. “I would love to go to different parts of the world and experience them. I think if I was able to travel and incorporate a job into that, I would. I would try and look at the Italian and Australian baseball leagues and maybe intern first. If I could learn the language, I would be open to working there.”
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