WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the seventh annual NCAA Division III Week (April 2-8) 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.
Sophomore Devonte Ramsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) recently finished his second season on the Gallaudet men's basketball team. He is majoring in Physical Education and Recreation with a minor in Athletic Coaching. He is set to graduate in May 2020.
In My Own Words: Devonte Ramsey
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
DR: It is a huge honor to be a student-athlete in college. Most people in the world don't have the opportunity to do this. Since I was a little boy, I have always wanted to play college sports because I love playing sports in general. But being on a team in college also means a lot of responsibility. You must have good time-management skills, and also be willing to make a lot of sacrifices. Being a student-athlete means education comes first since you must have a good GPA in order to be on an athletic team.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
DR: To represent Gallaudet University as a student-athlete is a great honor since I am playing for the only Deaf university in the whole world. It means a whole a lot to be playing basketball for Gallaudet. I love to show people here that you can still play sports no matter if you are deaf or hard of hearing. It is all about your work ethic, willingness to learn, and a great positive attitude that will carry over in your life and make you successful.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
DR: I want to become an athletic trainer after I graduate. I want to travel around the world one day when I have the free time. And of course, stay involved with basketball because I simply love the game.
How do you stay focused and ready, knowing at any moment you may be called in to make an impact? How do you mentally prepare for game days?
DR: Before every game, I always get a partner to shoot around with and run through some ball handling drills to warm up. I am always focused and ready because I know whenever my coach puts me in the game, he expects me to make an impact to help my team. I prepare myself by reading the scouting report for five to 10 minutes and talk to my teammates about the game plan we need to execute.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that NCAA Division III spends $2,795,100 in strategic initiative conference grants each year.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Friday: Devonte Ramsey (Men's Basketball) | Hannah Carter (Softball)
Thursday: Jonathan Tikhonoff (Men's Swimming) | Sabrina Hernandez (Women's Soccer)
Wednesday: Michael Haynes (Men's Track and Field) | Fatuma Ali (Women's Cross Country)
Tuesday: Matthew Carcraft (Football) | Shakeedra Hubbard (Women's Basketball)
Monday: Ren Hohneke (Men's Cross Country) | Jana Kiefer (Women's Swimming)
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-2018.
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.