Yanni Ballis

Athletes can find life after sports, but also challenges

After graduating high school, student-athletes are left with a decision: keep trying to participate in an organized sport or give it up. That decision can lead to many different ramifications physically, but also mentally. For Giorgi Ballis, 19, and his brother Yanni Ballis, 20, the plan had been to come to Michigan State University and play rugby together — just like they had in middle school and high school. But when Giorgi got to campus this year, after two rugby practices, he was out. “People can say it was planned,” Giorgi said of playing with his brother.

Connor Fannon

Player works to find life after baseball

Connor Fannon, 22, stepped away from competitive baseball in May. Fannon has played since he was 6, and made it to Division I college baseball with Oakland University. But after graduation, his career ended. “It’s weird,” Fannon said. “I have so much more time now.

Spartan Sports Report: MSU upsets U-M, hockey and men’s rowing

The Spartan Sports Report is back as Michael Epps breaks down the Spartans upset victory over the University of Michigan. Later on in the show there’s an update on men’s hockey who’s season is about to kickoff, then to wrap things up we have an inside look at the men’s club rowing team.