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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Kelli Barnes

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Kelli Barnes

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 two 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 forward Kelli Barnes (Cliffside, N.C.) finished her second season with the women's basketball team this past February. She is planning on declaring elementary education as her major and is on track to graduate in May 2019.

In My Own Words: Kelli Barnes

Kelli Barnes headshot What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
KB: Being a student-athlete in college is something only a few have the privilege of experiencing. It is a tough but a rewarding experience. For me being a student-athlete is a huge commitment a person makes to a team, not only playing for them but also representing them well off the court. I enjoy being a student-athlete, I couldn’t imagine not being a student-athlete in college.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
KB: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University comes with the responsibility of not only representing Gallaudet, but the deaf community. There are young deaf children that look up to us student-athletes. The experience of being a student-athlete here at Gallaudet is one of a kind and I’m glad to be experiencing it right now. 

 What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
KB: After graduating I want to travel and then eventually become an elementary school teacher.

Can you tell us about what this experience has been like for you and how being a member of the women’s basketball team has influenced and impacted your performance in the classroom?
KB: Being part of the basketball team here has taught me self-discipline. I learned very quickly how to balance my classes, homework, socialization, health, work outs and basketball. Being on the women’s basketball team here has made me a better student by making me learn how to balance my time.  

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Two-thirds of NCAA Division III student-athletes report that they have or will take part in an internship during college

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

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