Mike McMahon is a senior at Becker College from Canton, Massachusetts. He plays baseball for the Hawks, and is the NECC’s representative on the NCAA’s National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The sport management major will graduate this spring.
What I’ll miss most spans much farther than just stepping into the batter's box and playing baseball for Becker College. What I’ll miss most is the game of baseball, and all of the fantastic opportunities it has brought me on a daily basis. As you progress through your time as a student athlete, you see your athletic mortality slowly drifting away. During this time you start to realize that although you are going to miss the game itself tremendously… it is everything that comes along with being a student-athlete that you will miss the most. I will miss my teammates, my coaches, my trainers, my fellow classmates, my advisors, my athletic department, and everyone else at Becker College that made this time so special. Whether it be campus involvements (such as SAAC, Special Olympics and other clubs/activities) or the culture formed by Becker, community involvement is something that will very be difficult to walk away from.
I'm going to miss the practices, the workouts, the team dinners, the bus rides, the games, and the time spent with my teammates (who I will now consider family forever) off the field just as much as I will miss putting on my uniform and running out onto Rochdale Park after hearing my name called before a conference home game. I’m going to miss the pre game jitters, the joy of victory, and even the heartbreak of defeat. All in all I believe what I will miss most is the opportunity, an opportunity to go out each and every day and do what I love. Competing day in and day out and having the time of my life with my brothers, knowing that we are a part of something that is much bigger than ourselves.
Whether it be on or off the field I did not take a second of this opportunity for granted, and I cannot express how grateful I am to my teammates, coaches, family, faculty, school, and conference for giving me four years of memories and lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Although my time has been prematurely cut short due to circumstances out of our control. I have gained family for life, and if I could do it all over again, I would not change a single thing.
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The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.