Oct. 9, 2012
Courtesy of Michael Lewis
In January, Ashton Bennett had a giant carrot being dangled in front of him as he was being touted as a possible top 10 pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
While rookies certainly don’t make millions in pro soccer in the United States, getting an opportunity to pursue a career in an avocation that you love can be enticing.
But there was only one slight problem—the Jamaican native would have had to give up his senior year at Coastal Carolina University, and that was not an option on Bennett’s list of priorities.
Bennett said he told his family “that if I come to America to study and play soccer I’m going to make it a priority that I’m going to graduate first. I want to stick to that goal of graduating before I move on. Hopefully, professionally.”
So, it should not be surprising that Bennett is among 30 men’s candidates nominated for the Senior CLASS Award, which is given to the college senior soccer player who demonstrates excellence in four areas—community, classroom, character and competition.
Read the complete SeniorClassAward.com article here: Returning the favor is important to Coastal Carolina’s Bennett