BRISTOL, Tenn. – Last spring the NCAA reached out to member schools looking for three NCAA Division II student-athletes to be featured on their "Day in the Life" campaign. Ben Harris of the King University men's soccer team was one of seven student-athletes across the country that was selected for an interview and one of three that was selected to be filmed for the "Day in the Life" campaign.
"The experience was awesome," Harris said. "People came up to me all day asking what was going on, I got a good kick out of that. Working with the camera crew was awesome, more than the video, it was great talking to them all day."
In April last year, the NCAA had a camera crew come and shoot Harris as he went through his daily routine. They followed him to class and did a few interviews with him throughout the day. Talking about his time at King and how he got into soccer were a couple of the main points they covered.
"It's a great video, I really enjoyed it, plus I get to send it to my family members to give them an insight on what I do. Hopefully, the video doesn't speak just for me, but for what all student-athletes go through. It's a lot for regular students having to play a full-time sport, involved in extracurricular activities and having to pass. Other than just me being on video that should represent what all student-athletes are going through."
Later in the day they filmed Harris and some of his teammates at soccer practice and followed him to a men's volleyball game where he and fellow students were selling t-shirts for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
"It was an honor [to show the King campus], I'm really proud of King University, I'm proud of all of the students and faculty and staff that helped me out," continued Harris. "It may have been me on the video, but I would never have been there without them. The only thing I wish there would have been more of was other people, not just me."
Along with playing soccer, Harris is the President of SAAC, President of the Tornado Leadership Academy and President of the Jujitsu Club. At the time of the video he was also trying to start a clothing line with a couple of his soccer teammates.
Harris will graduate with a degree in Business, Marketing and Economics. Following graduation this spring, he has accepted a job with Reynolds American Incorporated where he was an intern last summer.
The full production from the NCAA Day in the Life campaign can be seen by clicking this link or below.