In the Netherlands, many costs are incurred by athletes each year for training, competitions and materials. In America, all these costs are covered by the university, this is the reward athletes get for playing for the university’s team.
Apart from sports expenses, travel and lodging expenses at competitions and tournaments are covered by the university. There are even universities that have their own airplanes for their student-athletes!
In addition, universities are often sponsored by major brands such as Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour. As a result, you will not incur any costs on (sports) clothing. Services such as physical therapy are also included in a student-athlete’s package.
As a student-athlete, you will incur little costs for your education and your sport, while you will also be well trained and coached. Super professional! Curious how others experience this? Check this article about spending money as an student-athlete.