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Power Play: Meet Aiden and Bricen - Two Student-Athletes Excelling in Canada’s Summer Jobs (CSJ) Pro

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is a critical initiative that supports youth across the country. Established by the Canadian Government, the CSJ program provides funding for businesses and organizations to create job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years, primarily students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The CSJ program creates avenues for skills development, valuable work experience, and networking opportunities for Canadian youth. It's an embodiment of the perfect blend of academics and extracurricular activities, which is so crucial in today's multifaceted world. Today, we spotlight two remarkable student-athletes participating in this program - Aiden, a devoted cricketer, and Bricen, a tenacious basketball player, both working at the Expert Collective.

Meet Aiden

July, 2023. Aiden (far left) attempting an effective crossover during a basketball camp in B.C. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuck

Being a student-athlete for Aiden translates into a blend of discipline, friendship, teamwork, and the love for cricket. His passion for the sport was kindled during his formative years, watching games on TV, and practising with his dad. He cites legendary cricketers Don Bradman and Muttiah Muralitharan as his source of inspiration.

Despite the thrill and rush of the game, Aiden's greatest achievement so far is not a victory but a journey - the journey to the finals of the ICC International Cup. Though they didn't clinch the title, he cherishes the experience as an invaluable part of his cricketing journey.

Striking the right balance between cricket and academics for Aiden is all about time management. He dedicates four days a week to school and reserves the remaining three for cricket, honing his skills and techniques, and keeping fit.

Introducing Bricen

July 2023. Bricen in rapid transition avoiding the offensive at a basketball camp in B.C. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Bricen’s journey as a student-athlete has been an engaging mix of setting academic goals while pursuing his love for basketball. His surroundings played a pivotal role in cultivating his interest in the game, leading to a competitive-level skillset.

Bricen’s story is a testament to resilience. He recalls a challenging period of consecutive bad games, where he contemplated quitting the sport he loved. However, he found solace in the camaraderie with his teammates and the joy he found in training and watching others play. These 'small joys' helped reignite his passion and convinced him to persevere.

For Bricen, a consistent schedule is the key to balancing academics and sports. He also emphasizes setting goals as a powerful motivator to improve in the game.

Forever Growing and Learning

Through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, Aiden and Bricen have not only demonstrated their sportsmanship and resilience, but they also underscore the balance between academics and sport. Their commitment and passion are a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication, which are important life skills beyond the field or court. Their stories continue to inspire and motivate others within and beyond the program.

The CSJ program is not just about summer jobs; it's about shaping the youth for a brighter future, armed with skills, experience, and the wisdom to maintain balance in life. Aiden and Bricen are splendid examples of this, excelling as student-athletes and team members of the Expert Collective.


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