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November 22, 2016

Semi-pros attract Hammons


Some people cringe at the things of finding a way to handle many thing thrown their way, but others appreciate the opportunity.

Marsalis Hammons, 21, a human resource management and marketing major with a minor in black studies, is a Cleveland State University student who has taken this challenge full speed. In addition to being a full time student at Cleveland State University, he is also an intern with Parker Hannifin, a corporation that specializes in motion and control technologies.

If that wasn’t enough, Hammons also decided to pursue another thing that he has a passion for, like football. Hammons tried out for the Lorain County Nightmares semi-pro football team and made the roster for the upcoming season.

The football team is non-profit, and designed to help provide the community of Lorain with competitive football, as well as to showcase players’ skills and potentially move them into college or pro sports.

When it comes to finding the time and learning how to juggle all three things that Hammons has in front of him, he makes sure he doesn’t have more than he can handle.

“I make sure that I prioritize the things that I feel are most valuable and the most lucrative,” Hammons said.

Hammons said he knows he has challenges ahead, but said he’s fully prepared to take them.

“I try to look at it as a lifestyle instead of looking at them like a duty or things that I have to do,” Hammons said. “The main challenge I would say would be just finding the time to balance them all—and regardless—my studies are the main priority,”

Many students these days have many obstacles they have to face, but Hammons said this is the advice he would give them.

“Follow your heart, follow your passion—because there are going to be a lot of people that try and sway your opinion or give you their input and tell you that it may not be a good idea,” Hammons said. “But I would say do what you love, keep your priorities intact, and….enjoy every opportunity you get.”



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