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Division III Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Sharon Castillo

D3 Week Graphic - Sharon Castillo (Women's Soccer)

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 Sharon Castillo (Dallas, Texas.) completed her second season with the Bison women's soccer team. Castillo is a biology major and is set to graduate in 2021.

In My Own Words: Sharon Castillo

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
SC: Being a student-athlete in college is a lot of commitment and is very challenging but it helps me be prepared, have better time management skills and has provided me with a great network to be involved in the athletics department.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
SC: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is a great experience for me because I receive a lot of support from my coaches, teammates and my organization LSU (Latinx Student Union), who encourage me to strive to be the best as a student-athlete by grabbing the opportunity that is provided to me and helped me build my self-confidence.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
SC: My goal after graduation is to continue in school to become a physical therapist. I hope to continue to be very involved in the Deaf community in my hometown and to help encourage others to strive to achieve their goals as well!

Was there something you have learned being on the Gallaudet women's soccer team, that made you become a better person/athlete?
SC: Something I learned being on the Gallaudet University soccer team is to look at mistakes as a lesson and something to build on, instead of letting them define me. Whenever I play on the field and I mess up or my team loses I learn that it’s okay to make mistakes because we are all human and keep working hard to improve ourselves.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
88% of NCAA Division III student-athletes report engaging in community service. Half of all Division III student-athletes volunteer at least once/month according to the NCAA GOALS study.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Thursday: Joseph 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