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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Shakeedra Hubbard

D3 Week Image: Shakeedra Hubbard - Women's Basketball

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.

Freshman guard Shakeedra Hubbard (Jackson, Miss.) recently finished her first season on the Gallaudet women's basketball team. She is on track to graduate in May 2021; her major is currently undeclared. 

In My Own Words: Shakeedra Hubbard

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
SH: It is an amazing experience for me with my teammates, they are all like sisters to me.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
SH: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet is tough. I have to balance both my academic work and time for basketball. I have to be sure that I am doing well in school to be able to continue playing. I must be sure to set aside time for everything including workouts, study tables, practices, meetings with coaches, classes and homework.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
SH: After graduating, I would like to live in Texas. I am still not sure of what kind of job I want, but I know that I want to work with people in some way. I hope that I can be a good role model for other young Deaf African-American females by inspiring them so they know they can do anything they set their minds on.

As a role-player, how do you stay focused knowing at any moment you may have jump in and contribute? How do you make sure you're always ready to get in and make an impact?
SH: As a bench player, I have the mindset that I should always BE READY no matter what. At the beginning of the season, I did not get many minutes, but I still contributed by showing support- which was my way of staying ready. As the season went on, my minutes increased. Every time I get on the court, I always try to be ready. My teammates do a really great job of being sure that my head is always in the game.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that the average number of sports sponsored per Division III institution is 18.

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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