Corporate Traffic Logistics, a long-time supporter of the University of North Florida, recently announced the first recipients of the inaugural Corporate Traffic Logistics UNF Student-Athlete Scholarship, recognizing four deserving student-athletes pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Coggin College of Business.
In this blog, get to know one of the recipients, Jaylen Yearwood.
University: University of North Florida
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Hometown: Conyers, Georgia
Tell us about your journey in sports. How did you first get involved, and what has kept you passionate about it?
I first started playing sports when I was 3 or 4, with soccer being the first one. I played many different sports growing up and found that I loved soccer the most. I kept my passion for soccer due to the fun I was able to have with my friends by just playing.
What’s your favorite thing about your sport? Why?
My favorite thing about soccer is how quickly things can change. You can be losing one minute, and the next minute be celebrating with your teammates, which makes playing really exciting.
Why did you decide to play at UNF?
I decided to play at UNF because the team is not only a group of soccer players, but a family that is focused on one goal.
How has being a part of your university’s community impacted your overall college experience?
It’s been a great experience for me. I think the community at UNF is big enough so that you can meet lots of new people, but also small enough so that you see some of the same people and can say what’s up to them.
What’s your favorite sports memory or achievement so far?
My favorite memory so far was beating JU during my freshman year at home. There were many people at that game, and it was nice to win our rivalry game.
In what ways do you see your scholarship impacting your personal and professional growth?
My scholarship will help a lot. Not only will it help me financially back my academic goals, but it just gives me one less thing to worry about while being able to pursue my degree.
What are your aspirations after completing your education and athletic career at UNF?
After college, I want to keep playing soccer as long as possible, but after that, I would like to use my finance degree for a job in financial advisory or something of that nature.
If you could offer advice to other aspiring student-athletes, what would it be?
My advice to aspiring student-athletes is to not be deterred. Honestly, there are more failures being an athlete than successes. But even those little amounts of success make all of the failures worth it.