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Chuck Jarvis, the author of "Blue Collar / Blue Chipper: A High School Athlete’s Guide to a College Scholarship," was born in San Pedro, California and grew up there. As a young teenager, he wasn’t particularly interested in organized sports. He was pretty much a couch potato who preferred to play video games. His dad was a welder and his mom was a nurse, and they (wisely, given the ultimate result) were determined to get him off the couch and active, so they signed him up for various sports. After sampling many, Chuck found football, and it didn’t take long before he knew that was “his” game. By the time he reached high school, he’d settled at left tackle and played that position throughout his high school career.
By the time Chuck was a sophomore in high school, he knew that he wanted, and needed, a college education. However, the cost of paying for a four- to five-year college education was beyond his parents’ means. He also did not want to quit playing the sport he loved, and the idea of an additional four years of playing in college spurred him to try to figure out how to fulfill both wishes. A college athletic scholarship seemed like the answer.
Chuck soon learned that a college athletic scholarship is not easy to get. The competition is intense, and many of his teammates were using recruiting services that market high school players to colleges. The cost of using a recruiting service was also beyond what his family could afford, so his teammates told him what the recruiting services were doing for them. From that starting point, with the help of family and family friends, Chuck worked out a program that, at minimal cost, made it possible to do what was necessary to keep his grades up, improve his athletic abilities, put together the kind of recruitment package that would catch the eyes and interest of the football coaches at the colleges to which he applied, and to market himself to those coaches.
Chuck was successful and earned a four-year scholarship to play football at the University of Kansas, where he also earned his B.A. degree in communications. He is grateful for the four years he could continue to play his sport and equally grateful for the degree he earned. It gave him the foundation for his career in law enforcement, as he is now a Dignitary Protection professional in Los Angeles. He’s married and his wife, like his mom, is a nurse and they have two young children (that’s his son’s picture on his logo).
Because he would not have been successful in achieving that scholarship without the help of many people along the way, it became important to Chuck to repay them by trying to help others through the same journey. He’s mentored young athletes through this process, but wanted to make his program available to more kids who need this kind of help. That led to him to the four-year journey of writing "Blue Collar / Blue Chipper," which has just been published through Smashwords, and which he hopes will give many more young athletes their best chance at earning a college athletic scholarship. Even if they are not successful in their quest, following the precepts of his program will give them a solid foundation on which to build for success in their lives after high school.