WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 6-12) 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.
Junior Todd Collins (East Islip, N.Y.) is majoring in Physical Education and Recreation and has been a member of the football team and men’s track and field team.
In My Own Words: Todd Collins
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
TC: It’s quite the privilege. If there was any way to make sure you get your full college experience, this is it. When you’re part of a team, there’s always an opportunity for new experiences, like traveling on the road to different places with your team, getting involved in the community, meeting people from all over the country and representing your school to the fullest. For me, there’s no better feeling than waking up on game day and putting on my school colors after a long week of hard work in the classroom and on the field. Not many people get the opportunity to go through these experiences.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
TC: Very unique in many ways. If I had gone to any other university, I would be different from all my other teammates and I wouldn’t be able to communicate with them or the coaches as well. Here at Gallaudet, I don’t miss a thing because we all communicate effectively and it helps us all move forward as one. Whether you’re in the classroom or performing, you’re representing more than you can ever imagine.
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 football team influenced those changes and impacted your performance in the classroom?
TC: Evolved is a much better word choice. I’m still the same ambitious young man with goals as I was when I first arrived. But being here at school has helped me grow into my identity and has given me a chance to set myself up for successful for the future. My coaches, teammates and school have influenced me to not only work hard for myself but more importantly for them as well. This has affected me in the classroom because not only do I need a degree but I also need to make sure I represent my team and school well. Things like this motivate you to be the best person you can be and give back to the community.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know on average, Division III schools sponsor 18 sports.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Tuesday: John Isaacson (Men's Track and Field) | Kristi Luna (Softball)
Monday: Todd Bonheyo (Men's Basketball) | Brianna Stroud-Williams (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-2015.
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