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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Cody Crace

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Cody Crace

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the sixth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 3-9) 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 different student-athletes each day of the 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.

Sophomore forward Cody Crace (Westfield, Ind.) just finished his second season with the men's basketball team. Crace is set to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in business adminstration.

In My Own Words: Cody Crace

Cody Crace headshot What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
CC: It is not easy and it requires commitment but it is worth it if you have the passion to play the sport. 

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
CC: I have got to say that it is truly a great experience being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University. I can communicate with everyone with ease. Every one on the coaching staff knows American Sign Language (ASL) and it is really nice to have coaches who know ASL. The coaches are invested in us and want everyone of us to improve and be successful in life after college.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
CC: I have not fully set my goals after graduating from Gallaudet. I hope to be successful in life and have a comfortable living. I want to get a good paying job that I will enjoy doing. I also want to be a role model for all deaf children. 

Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the men's basketball team has influenced your performance in the classroom?
CC: I absolutely loved the experience of being on Gallaudet men's basketball team. Everyone uses ASL so it is much easier to communicate with teammates and coaches. We have an unbreakable bond between the players. Being on the basketball team has also improved my commitment to academics. My head coach, Kevin Kovacs, emphasized that he wanted us to improve and be the best that we can be. He truly wants us to graduate and receive a degree. Coach Kovacs always makes sure that we do well academically. We set the goal of having a team average GPA of 3.5 and some of us scored higher than 3.5 and the team received the average of 3.1 and was one of the top team GPAs, last fall semester, among Gallaudet athletic teams.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
NCAA Division III colleges sponsor 18 NCAA sports on average. 

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
Monday: Cody Crace (Men's Basketball) | Neha Balachandran (Women's Soccer)

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 campus and the 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 http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2017.

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.