Kris Kolar Leban explains his reasons for moving to the USA: “It’s hard to find professors at universities who are sensitive to an athlete’s obligations”
Sport and education. Do they go hand in hand? There is no doubt that they are going, but are the conditions in Slovenia really at a high enough level? Opinions will always be divided, but there is a belief here that the school system certainly does not listen to talented athletes to a high enough degree. They are often stretched between school and sporting commitments, which can put many of them under a lot of mental stress. And many people were at a point where they had to decide: study or sport. Not long ago, Kris Kolar Leban made a decision that will allow him to do both: he will be able to train and play football, and study at the same time. But not in Slovenia.
As we have already written
, the former member of Olimpija and Primorje will continue his “career” in the United States, having been accepted at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
“I want to finish my studies and one day become a sports manager, and I want to continue playing football at a high or at least comparable level to what I have been doing. I am going to the USA for better academic and career opportunities than in Slovenia, where top athletes are only well catered for in primary and secondary schools, while it is difficult to find professors at universities who are attentive to an athlete’s obligations,” he recently told
explained 19-year-old Kris Kolar Leban.
Kris Kolar Leban: “It was not a difficult decision”
He chose Emmitsburg University because “offer the best training conditions and the highest scholarship“. Kris Kolar Leban admitted: “So it was not a difficult decision, as the university showed the most interest in me joining, so I didn’t give it much thought.” But the young man knows that no matter what, he is in for a challenging adventure in North America. “I will have to represent them at the highest level, and I will not let up on my studies. If I fall behind in my studies and I don’t do well, my coach won’t allow me to train until I’ve sorted out my study commitments,“, added Kris Kolar Leban, who was enrolled at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana last school year, but did not devote any time to his studies due to his sporting commitments.
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