WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 4-10) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 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 two 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. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.
Senior Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) is in his fourth season with the baseball team and on track to graduate this May with a degree in Physical Education and Recreation.
In My Own Words: Chase Magsig
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
CM: Being a student-athlete is obviously a privilege, and it's an opportunity to grow and mature with a variety of skills like playing on the field and that can carry over to the classroom. It’s very beneficial sometimes, if you want to you can take advantage and push it to the next level, whether it’s the working level or professional level. Skills you gain are leadership and interpersonal skills, working with each other, social skills and time management - which is a big one.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
CM: Growing up mainstream being a hard of hearing individual, and then going to college with Deaf Culture, I get the best of both worlds. I get to see myself and who I truly am. I’m finding out more about myself and I do not regret it one bit. I don't regret it at all. I would go to the audiologist and I was disappointed, I didn’t really care about getting hearing aids because I could still be successful without them. I can still be independent. I learned some of that through Gallaudet ways, it’s all been a good experience; I have had positives and negatives and I have grown because of it.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
CM: My biggest goal growing up was always wanting to inspire people with whatever I decide to do. I’ve always wanted to do biomechanics where I’m analyzing skill techniques, either at the professional level or high school or college level. What can I do to improve my technique, what do we know now-a-days about the body and its natural movement, how can we apply those concepts with skill base or lifting exercises? It’s a lot of analyzing. But to work with people, whatever I do, I’ll do the best I can.
This is your fourth year at Gallaudet. You have played baseball for four years, football for two years, and served one year on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). You seem to have a passion for school spirit and have worked hard to help set up the Blue Hole (student section), why do you want to see a lot of students at the games?
CM: Once I got comfortable and getting outside and communicating because I had that accessibility, it led me to inspire and start things. It wasn't normal for me not to have so much excitement during a game. I did it in high school and I thought I could carry it over and inspire people to have more spirit at Gallaudet. That's one reason I took action here, and with SAAC I had a voice, when before I didn’t know where to start.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know on average, student-athletes comprise 24 percent of the student body at Division III institutions.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Tuesday: Chase Magsig (Baseball) | Kevlasha Humphrey (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Vicente Perez (Men's Cross Country) | Taylor Mickelson (Women's Swimming and Diving)
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-2016.
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto www.gallaudet.edu.