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 Jennifer Livengood (Jacksonville, Fla.) played with the women's soccer team for three seasons and is on track to graduate this May with a degree in Physical Education and Recreation and a minor in Athletic Coaching.
In My Own Words: Jennifer Livengood
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JL: Being a student-athlete is like analyzing yourself. Your job is to explore the light that reflects on who you want to become. My role as a goalkeeper on the field and a student at Gallaudet is like a having a full-time job analyzing “Myself”. Like checking off my goals, guiding yourself with all of the pride you put into your work, next thing you know you have discovered certain things that caught your attention by doing what you love to do. Being a student-athlete for the past three years has shown me some of the things that I have been missing in my life.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JL: Gallaudet University is a place where we use our hands for communication called American Sign Language. This environment is where I could feel “normal”, surrounding myself with similar problems we deaf people face everyday in life. Gallaudet will give you the motivation, and the encouragement to say “Hey! I can find my way through this!” Representing Gallaudet in my pink goalkeeper uniform or wearing my Gallaudet soccer jacket around campus or off campus is absolutely an honor. Not to only to express myself but also to show who I have become today as a student-athlete.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JL: My goal after graduation is find a full-time job, in physical education, to teach and work with deaf and hard of hearing kids. I am also thinking about going to graduate school to study counseling or international studies. I am hoping to find a program where I can study abroad and study different physical education programs.
How have you seen yourself change over the past three years since you have been here at Gallaudet? How has being a member of the women’s soccer team influenced those changes and impacted your performance in the classroom?
JL: The person that came here at Gallaudet three years ago in 2013 isn’t the person who I am now. I have made so many friends throughout my soccer career. Without soccer, I probably wouldn’t have as many friends as I have now. It’s amazing that I can be surrounded by a variety of cultures, and yet, we still manage stay together as one. Now I have friends in the classroom as well as in other activities as I enjoy doing here in D.C. These things have also expanded my knowledge by wanting to traveling the world and see what’s really out there. Transferring to Gallaudet has definitely opened more doors for me, and I’m absolutely looking forward to reach what’s out there thanks to what Gallaudet has taught me.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that Division III schools sponsor an average of 18 sports per institution?
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
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.
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.