My friend's son accepted a football scholarship at college, starting in the fall. The whole family is over the moon happy and proud. It's a looong process to get to that point, and I bet the boyfriend was excited about his future.
That is very poignant to me as well.
All my children play a variety of high school sports. Getting a scholarship for a sport in NCAA Division I is exceedingly difficult in regards to dedication, playing ability, as well has having a natural 'gift' for the chosen sport.
The competition is fierce and can start in say, the fourth or fifth grade with competitive youth leagues. Then, a certain number of parents start to stack private coaching lessons on top of league participation.
In the last four years, our large high school has produced exactly one Division I "full ride" athletic scholarship winner that I know of.