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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by JJ Klein

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by JJ Klein

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 JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a member of the Gallaudet baseball team and is on track to graduate this May. 

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JK: During my three years as a student-athlete at Gallaudet University, I learned that it takes tremendous time, effort and commitment in order to be a successful student-athlete. Although I had to make some sacrifices, nothing takes away from the memories I had on and off the field with my teammates, being apart of a successful baseball program and the life lessons I learned from the coaches and baseball.   

What is it like to be a student at Gallaudet University?
JK: Gallaudet University is a place of opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing students to gain higher education. I do not have any hearing loss, but I am a child of two profoundly deaf parents. Gallaudet University is a home to me. I am able to gain the college experience, education and career opportunities using my native language; American Sign Language. 

You were a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree last season. How do you go about studying and completing your assignments and how do you balance that with your other classes, interpreting and baseball? 
JK: I can’t say that it is easy balancing time between school, interpreting, baseball and home life. My ticket to success came from the support of my family and the use of time management. Just ask one of my teammates, they will be the first ones to say that I am the one on my laptop doing homework on an away trip. Overall, I would say I know how to prioritize my time, but my coaches and teachers have been very flexible and patient with me. They deserve some credit for my success as a student-athlete.

Division III Week Fact of the Day

Did you know the average enrollment at a Division III institution is 2,620

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words