Little Gets Unique Chance
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Over the summer Yale football players will spend time at home, in New Haven or places all over the world doing a variety of educational projects. One Bulldog, who will be thinking football often, will be far away from all his teammates.
Junior tight end Sebastian Little is one of 20 Yale students spending July in Croatia as part of International Study Award's study abroad program. He will be taking a two-part class, the history and culture of Southeastern Europe, and taking three or four excursions to new places.
"The Croatia program seemed to fit perfectly. It allows me to get helpful credits this summer and, with all the Yale funding and help from the ISA, it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Little, who caught 20 passes last season after missing most of his rookie campaign with an injury.
Many of his teammates will be in New Haven this summer preparing together for the 2014 season. That idea made it a tough decision for the Cheshire, Conn., native who has never been outside the U.S.
"My only hesitation with the program was related to making sure I'd be prepared for the upcoming season. Since I leave June 27th and return August 2nd, I won't be around for the main summer session with the guys."
The Yale coaches will be happy to know Little has already scouted his workout choices in Croatia.
"I know that the training facilities and weight rooms will not be exactly what I'm used to, but I've talked to the Yale administer of the Croatia program (Dean Jasmina Besirevic). She's assured me there was a basic weight room across the street from where we'll be living. She's also mentioned a huge stair path near our rooms that I plan to run and imitate 'Rocky.' The beach is also very close, so sand workouts are also a possibility."
Little, a star at Cheshire High School before coming to Yale, and the Bulldogs return for the start of official practices in the middle of August.
The Elis have six home games starting with the Sept. 20 opener against Lehigh and then the renewal of an old classic on Sept. 27 with Army coming to New Haven. The home games will have a different theme in celebration of the 100th year of the Yale Bowl.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director