Gallaudet Gallaudet Logo

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Brad Peterson

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Brad Peterson

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.

Freshman Brad Peterson (DuBois, Pa.) finished his first season with the football team and is slated to graduate in 2019 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Athletic Coaching. 

In My Own Words: Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson headshot What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
BP: To be a student-athlete in college, it is truly special. It teaches me self-discipline, motivates me, keeps me focused on my school work, helps develop my time management skills and prepares me for the next step in my life.  

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
BP: To be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is such a blessing. When I visited the campus before deciding to come here, I knew this place was my home. I knew this place had the best academic, social and football fit. My first year was a good learning experience, to be back in the deaf community feels great. Gallaudet University is an amazing place to be and I couldn’t imagine a better place, it is like no other in the world. Being a student-athlete is something that gives me an opportunity to prove to others not only I can do great athletically but academically. It builds my commitment skills on and off the field, builds my leadership skills and gives me an opportunity to get to know other student-athletes around campus and the world. 

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
BP: My goals after graduation are to do what I have always dreamed of doing. Go to the NFL, become a HearStrong Ambassador, become a football coach and own an athletic complex/athletic training company. I want to inspire people and become a motivational speaker as well, how I overcame my hearing loss and let others know that nothing can stop them from being great and doing what they want.

This is your first year at Gallaudet, can you tell us what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the football team influenced you and impacted your performance in the classroom?
BP: My first year playing at Gallaudet has been a phenomenal experience. I have met lots of new people and I have become close with the team. It is my goal to make the team better every day and lead the way. Coming here to play and get an education was the best decision I have ever made in my life. As a student-athlete and being a member of this team, it is my goal to maintain a high GPA (Grade Point Average) and earn All-American honors. I am really excited about my future and the future of the program and looking forward to it. I am getting better every day and continuing to develop my skills. Every day you need to ask yourself, "what are you going to do today to become better tomorrow?"

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that 81 percent (357) of active Division III institutions are private, while 19 percent (82) of institutions are public.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Thursday: Brad Peterson (Football) | Jamila Hubbard (Women's Track and Field)
Wednesday: David Bruno (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Jennifer Livengood (Women's Soccer)
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. 

About Gallaudet

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.