WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 6-12) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week’s celebration.
To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight a different student-athlete each day this week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet.
Junior Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) is on track to graduate in May 2016, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Business Administration and Information Technology. Bonheyo has been a student-athlete for four years as a member of either the Gallaudet men's basketball or football teams each year.
In My Own Words: Todd Bonheyo
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
TB: First of all, it is definitely not a piece of cake, it is basically a job. However, I believe that being a student-athlete in college surely maximizes an individual's personal growth throughout the struggles and achievements.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
TB: It is truly special to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University for a couple of reasons. We are a close-knit community, therefore by being a student-athlete here, it is really a honor that I will always embrace for the rest of my life. It taught me many things that I don't think anything else would.
You were a point guard on the basketball team that set a new school record for wins this season and last year quarterbacked the football team to its first NCAA tournament appearance. Can you compare the success of being part of those teams and tell us what those experiences were like for you?
TB: Before anything, I would like to acknowledge that those achievements would not be made without amazing teammates, coaches, family, fans, teachers and the community of Gallaudet University. I am very fortunate to be part of two historic seasons in two different sports. Comparing both teams are nearly as tough as comparing an apple to an orange. The dynamics of the team are the key to success for both seasons.
Basically, those experiences are something that I will definitely share with my children. It will be the first topic to be brought up when I meet my teammates after several years. Every time I reflect on those moments, I can feel goosebumps. I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I am not finished, more historic moments to come next year! Good things do not happen to those who just wait but to those who work for it.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know the average enrollment at a Division III institution is 2,620.
About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2015.
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