WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the third annual NCAA Division III Week (April 7-13) 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.
Senior DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) is a member of the Gallaudet men’s swimming and diving team and is on track to graduate this May.
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
DJEL: It kept me busy. I learned a lot about time management to keep my grades up and keep my motivation high not only for the sport but for the academic side as well.
What is it like to be a student at Gallaudet
DJEL: Immersing myself in deaf culture was the last thing on my mind, considering I grew up in a mainstream program. Coming to Gallaudet University was the best decision I have made in my life. Gallaudet University changed my life around. I used to have 1.2 GPA before I came to Gallaudet and now I have 2.9 GPA with a goal to get 3.0 GPA [by the time I graduate]. Not only have I changed my academic performance, I have learned a beautiful language and culture. With the language and culture, I was able to have a different perceptive on life. If it wasn't for Gallaudet University, I don't know what I would do nowadays.
You have experienced several North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) championships while here at Gallaudet. Describe
your feeling of winning a NEAC championship and what that means to
your teammates and the swimming program at Gallaudet.
DJEL: Winning three championships in four years here at Gallaudet are the memories that I will never forget. The feeling of winning of a championship cannot be described in words; it had to be done by action in order to feel it. The first and third championship meant a lot to me because not only the obvious reasons, first and last. The first championship made me realize how much this swim team had changed me and how much Gallaudet University impacted me. The last championship was very hard earned championship considering that the half of the team were very new at the sport. We came together as a team and strategize the best way to win the championship and we earned it. This is not a one-man sport, this is a team sport and we showed the NEAC conference that we are the team that deserved the championship.
Lastly, I just want to say thank you Gallaudet University for everything!
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know Division III sponsors 28 different men's and women's championship sports
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Tuesday: Nico Santiago (Football)
Wednesday: Montana Murphy (Softball)
Thursday: Alexandra Polivanchuk (Women's Swimming)
Friday: JJ Klein (Baseball)
Saturday: Julia Wolff (Women's Volleyball)
Sunday: DJ Everton-Lovell (Men's Swimming)