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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Jamal Garner

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Jamal Garner

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.

Freshman Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) is in his first year with the men's basketball and men's track and field teams and is hoping to graduate in 2019 with a degree in accounting and a minor in athletic coaching.

In My Own Words: Jamal Garner

Jamal Garner headshot What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JG: High school was easy, but in college you need to work on time management. Especially with practice, studying, homework, working out and sleeping. You have to balance your whole life, and sometimes you will be overwhelmed if you put it off. I’m learning how to work on my time management with all of the things I have to do. Homework is my first priority, then sports, then time for fun, and then sleep. Getting good grades is important to your GPA (grade point average).

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JG: When I first started school it was crazy because there was so much going on. My first year here was a big difference from high school where I could depend on my parents. Here it is all on me. Then I used to depend on my mom to wake me up, here I set my alarm and get up myself. I am expected to check blackboard and turn in all of my assignments, but in high school everything was put down in my planner. I’m starting to change and I’m learning the right and wrong ways to manage my time.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JG: After I graduate I hope to be an accountant or work for a deaf school. I am thinking about being a middle school or high school basketball coach. I want the students to look up to me, I can offer good advice and I hope to inspire them.

This is your first year at Gallaudet, what can you tell us about your experience being part of the men’s basketball team and how has it helped you grow and impacted your performance in the classroom?
JG: I joined basketball because it helped me manage my time and keeps my grades up. I don’t think I could manage my time if I didn’t join basketball. Part of my commitment is study tables, and it really helped my GPA, I got all A’s! My advice is to never miss class. If you miss there is no guarantee you can get that information. 

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that Division III student-athletes report greater involvement in volunteering.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Sunday: Jamal Garner (Men's Basketball) | Jasmine Jeter (Women's Volleyball)
Saturday: Eric Setzer (Men's Soccer) | Jordan Hogan (Softball)
Friday: Toraneau Varice (Men's Track and Field) | Danielle Warren (Women's Basketball)
Thursday: Brad Peterson (Football) | Jamila Hubbard (Women's Track and Field)
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 

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