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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Cameron Upton

D3 Week Graphic - Cameron Upton (Baseball)

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the eighth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and the surrounding community. GU is joining nearly 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.

Senior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) is a four-year leader on the Bison baseball team. Upton, a physical education and recreation major awaits to graduate in May 2019.

In My Own Words: Cameron Upton

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
CU: Being a student-athlete in college is challenging. You have to manage your time between classes, homework, practices and games. But, it is also fun to be playing the sport you love. Being a student-athlete has helped me to prepare for my career.

What is it like to be a student at Gallaudet University?
CU: I did not know anyone when I came to Gallaudet so being a student-athlete was a way to develop fast, good and lasting friendships. Being a part of the Gallaudet University baseball team I had friends immediately in my teammates - my brotherhood.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
CU: I would like to pursue a master’s degree in sports management and work teaching others about physical fitness and sports. I would like to coach baseball or teach deaf kids to develop baseball skills. My hope in life is to own/operate a sports training facility.

How was playing four years at Gallaudet University changed you to become a better person/leader?
CU: Playing at Gallaudet University I had a good leader and role models from our coaching staff. It has been an honor to play baseball at Gallaudet University these last four years under Coach Curtis Pride. I have grown so much over the years especially with my confidence, communication skills and my commitment to the baseball program. I have improved my ASL communication skills and carried this over to the baseball field for better communication with my teammates.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Student-athletes at NCAA Division III schools graduate at higher rates than other students at those schools. This difference is especially pronounced among DIII women.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Tuesday: Cameron Upton (Baseball) | Taylor Nguyen (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Rett Jala (Men’s Swimming) | Juliana Bahan (Women's Basketball)

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 http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2019

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 www.gallaudet.edu.