College Counseling for Aspiring Leaders

Choosing one's path into adult life is daunting - it takes courage and self-awareness to do well. 

Sparks works in partnership with some of the best academic college counselors in the world to provide comprehensive coverage and support of the college and recruiting process for self-aware student athletes.

The process can be tricky to navigate. However, it can also be a life-changing opportunity to have a college experience that supports your growth perfectly. 

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Meet Ryan 

As a college athlete, Ryan Sparks saw gaps in the system that left many students (including himself) discouraged and disheartened. In this video, he tells his story and reflects on how Sparks helps student-athletes achieve. 

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Water Polo recruiting timelines can be confusing. They vary according to the school and the specific needs and preferences of coaches.

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Your personality and learning style can guide you toward the ideal academic match and water polo program.

Our database tool is fast and fun. It helps you narrow down school choices best-suited to your unique characteristics.

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Meet Dave

Director of Experiential Education

Dave Payne heads Sparks' experiential education division - namely, sport camps across the US and in Europe and New Zealand. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Education and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and is a former collegiate athlete and high school head coach. He has worked at Sparks since 2011; Dave's passion is synthesizing athletic environments that encourage holistic growth.

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Sparks Consulting provides student-athletes with better college opportunities and insights than any other counseling or recruiting service. We do this by tapping into over a decade of experience as collegiate coaches and utilizing advanced practice ideas in experiential education combined with data-driven insight covering every major college team in the United States.