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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Michael Haynes

D3 Week Image: Michael Haynes - Men's Track & Field

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.

Junior Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) recently finished his third season on the men's track and field team. He is on track to graduate in December 2022, his major is currently undeclared. 

In My Own Words: Michael Haynes

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
MH: As a student-athlete in college, it feels like a fruitful experience because I am highly dedicated to academics and sports. It is significant for me to obtain a high standard of knowledge, communication, and ability as an independent person. I use my time management skills for course work, practices/meetings, and social life; keeping everything balanced is a critical part in becoming a successful student-athlete. I encourage myself to aspire for a high GPA and perform with excellence on the track and field team because I set my ambitions in order to take my own risks. If I do, I learn from my mistakes and re-do the work and move on. It is a complicated thing to do, but it proves an excellent opportunity in preparing for my future.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
MH: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is an unique experience because it is a place that inspires Deaf culture and community. Gallaudet influences the deaf and hard of hearing people to socialize and communicate with each other using sign language. It is astounding to meet so many people from around the world and learn their different cultures, lifestyles, and ethics. Communication is essential between me, teammates, classmates, and the coaches because it motivates me to work on my performance in academics and sports. It meets part of my needs in becoming accessible to the real world.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
MH: My post-graduate plan is to work a full-time position in the field of marketing and management. Also, I am thinking about establishing a business of my own creating name brand clothes as a part-time graphic designer. I would like to work here in D.C. because it is a place where deaf and hard of hearing people abound, along with the presence of Gallaudet University. I am looking to forward to attending graduate school for a master's in business administration as well as traveling the world and having a good life.

What is your favorite event in track, and what goes through your mind just before a race starts? What do you do to get your mind and body ready on race day?
MH: My favorite event is 60-meter/110-meter hurdles. My mind tells me that I have to relax and remember what I did in daily practice with the different techniques and forms. Before my event starts, I do warm-ups and stretch to loosen my muscles for about an hour. Also, I eat snacks and sip on water to reduce hunger and keep me energized. No matter what if I beat my record, get first place, or lose the meet, it is a work in progress to develop my maturity in becoming my own role-model.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
The median number of student-athletes at schools that sponsor football is 537.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
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

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