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Division III Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Dalton Attanasi

D3 Week Graphic - Dalton Attanasi (Men's Cross Country)

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.

Junior Dalton Attanasi (Hammonton, N.J.) is in his third season with the Gallaudet men's cross country team. Attanasi, a physical education and recreation major, is on track to graduate next year (2020).

In My Own Words: Dalton Attanasi

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
DA: It is really a lot of fun to be a student-athlete in college. I really enjoy it. It has also taught me a lot about responsibility and how to manage my time wisely. I have to find the balance between homework and practice. Playing sports has helped me make a lot of new friends too.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
DA: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet really isn’t much different than other colleges. I get up, attend all of my classes, workout, see the trainer, go to practice and do my homework just like every other collegiate student-athlete out there. Only difference is that I use sign language to communicate.

What are your goals after you graduate?
DA: My goal after graduation is to get a job teaching physical education or special education. I would also like to become a high-level college basketball referee like my uncle.

What have you learned being in a sport at Gallaudet University and how has it changed your life?
DA: Competing in a sport at Gallaudet has taught me that anybody can do anything if they put there mind to it. Over the years, I have had teammates who were deaf and blind and would run races each week. Seeing stuff like that really makes you want to work even harder at whatever you’re doing. It has changed my life because It changed my perspective on life. Being able to share stories with other kids that understand the struggles that I went through growing up makes me feel better about myself, that I wasn’t alone.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know that Division III student-athletes report greater involvement in volunteering.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Sunday: Dalton Attanasi (Men’s Cross Country) | Elina Rubinshteyn (Women’s Volleyball)
Saturday: Shawn Daniels (Men’s Basketball) | Jessica Monroe (Women’s Swimming)
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) | 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

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