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 offensive lineman Drew Faulkner (Niceville, Fla.) finished his second year with the football team this past fall. He is currently studying physical education and recreation and is on track to graduate in May 2019.
In My Own Words: Drew Faulkner
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
DF: Being a student-athlete in college is an amazing opportunity for me as I get to play the sport that I love and go to the college that will help me succeed in the future.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
DF: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is a rare opportunity because very rarely do you get to represent not just the school but the deaf community as a whole and I am proud to represent the community when we travel on the road to away games.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
DF: My goals after I graduate is to become an athletic trainer or a coach for a football team because I want to continue doing what I love and that is football.
Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the football team has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
DF: My time here has been amazing because I get to go to the school that will accommodate me and will support and help me succeed in life. The coaches here have helped me learn how to be a better player and more importantly be a better person overall. In the classroom and on the team I had to learn American Sign Language quickly if I wanted to be able to communicate with everyone. I improved and now it's not just teammates with whom I can communicate with but also my classmates and peers as well. In my two years as part of the football program I have seen myself develope and become one of the leaders on the team. I know I will have to step up and lead the team. There's no team or school I would rather lead than Gallaudet University and I'm proud to be a part of the football program.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
8,000 teams compete in Division III. That's nearly 1,500 more than there are in Division I.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words
Sunday: Drew Faulkner (Football) | Kelli Barnes (Women's Basketball)
Saturday: Ian Evans (Men's Baseball) | Ivy Sahneyah (Women's Track and Field)
Friday: Gunner Hahn (Men's Track and Field) | Kristi Luna (Women's Cross Country)
Thursday: Joshua Branscomb (Men's Cross Country) | Courtney Thomas (Softball)
Wednesday: Xuan Lin (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Brynn Schmidt (Women's Volleyball)
Tuesday: Conrad Baer (Mens Soccer) | Faye Frez-Albrecht (Women's Swimming and Diving)
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.
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.