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.
Sophomore Sean O'Callaghan (San Diego, Calif.) recently finished his second season with the Gallaudet men's soccer team. O'Callaghan is a business administration major and slated to graduate in 2021.
In My Own Words: Sean O'Callaghan
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college
SO: Being a student-athlete is a tremendous challenge and an amazing experience. I constantly have to balance the workload of my classes, practice sessions, workouts and games. I also get to travel a lot and see many other states and colleges. But most importantly, I get the privilege of working with many incredible people such as my coaches, athletic trainers and teammates. It’s also a wonderful experience to play in front of my friends and family, who have all helped me to get where I am today.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
SO: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is a unique experience, as I get to represent the only college in the world, that's dedicated to the deaf and hard of hearing. It's such a privilege to represent this community and to be recognized around campus for doing so. None of this would be possible without Coach Braz, who is also a mentor and role model.
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
SO: I am currently working towards my master's degree in business. However, after graduation, it’s my ambition to play soccer professionally, before pursuing a career in business.
What have you learned about yourself from being captain of the Gallaudet University men's soccer team?
SO: Being team captain of the Gallaudet men’s soccer team is such an honor and a privilege. It’s something I don’t take for granted, especially as a sophomore. I’ve tried to lead by example and be an effective communicator and motivator, both on and off the field. I’ve also learned that I enjoy being a leader and that I must never stop learning if I am to become the person I aspire to be.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Data from @NSSEsurveyindicates that NCAA Division III student-athletes are involved in internships and campus leadership roles at higher rates than their non-athlete peers.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Friday: Sean O’Callaghan (Men's Soccer) | Carina Dominguez-Can (Women's Track)
Thursday: Joesph Mendis (Football) | Sharon Castillo (Women’s Soccer)
Wednesday: Kai Christenberry (Men's Track and Field) | Elizabeth Stern (Softball)
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
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.