Lexi Ellis – Oregon Track and Field

“Track has been both an extremely grounding and elating experience, much like life. There are moments where I feel like I’m on top of the world and nothing can touch me, and there are moments where I feel like everything is working against me. It’s a constant rollercoaster of emotions; track is one of theContinue reading “Lexi Ellis – Oregon Track and Field”

Angie Benson – Virginia Tech Lacrosse

“Lacrosse means the world to me because that’s what it has given me. It’s taught life lessons on the field that I can take off the field and use in my everyday life. Some of the obstacles I’ve faced in my career have/has been doubt, from other people. I have fortitude. Having the courage toContinue reading “Angie Benson – Virginia Tech Lacrosse”

Mackenzie St. Onge – Dartmouth Hockey

“Hockey is a unique sport. You fly across a sheet of ice, try to put a black piece of rubber past a goalie bulked up in gear, balance on two thin blades, and all while another team is trying to hit you… It’s fast, it’s dynamic, it’s physical, and there is nothing else like it.Continue reading “Mackenzie St. Onge – Dartmouth Hockey”

Marshall Warren – Boston College Hockey

“It all started with figure skating. I used to go watch my sister figure skate so when I was about two-years-old my mom made me start as well. I always got made fun of by the hockey guys but now I’m kind of laughing at them.  I think my mom just had an idea thatContinue reading “Marshall Warren – Boston College Hockey”

Elvena Gevargiz – Santa Clara Tennis

“Tennis has taught me so much throughout my life. It taught me to persevere, dream big, stay humble and work hard. These things have not only helped me on the court but off the court as well. Nothing in life is given to us on a silver platter. My parents have always told me thatContinue reading “Elvena Gevargiz – Santa Clara Tennis”

Anthony Hamilton Jr – Clemson Track and Field

“Track & Field has taught me patience and discipline when it comes to my physical and mental fitness. Trying something new has also taught me how to be coachable and to trust myself in any process and goal that I’m trying to obtain.The main obstacles I had to overcome were two major knee surgeries inContinue reading “Anthony Hamilton Jr – Clemson Track and Field”

Abby Prohaska – Notre Dame Basketball

“I vividly remember my grandma and I sitting in our car in DC for a tournament my Sophomore year of high school when I got the call from my position coach at Notre Dame. I got out of the car in the middle of an alleyway in Chinatown to talk to her. Thinking of NotreContinue reading “Abby Prohaska – Notre Dame Basketball”

Devon Morris – Ithaca Soccer

“I transferred, my junior year of high school to a small white private school and didn’t really have any friends because I was new. Everyone knew everyone and had grown up with each other so I felt like I was an outsider. I really wanted to do something different. One day, I was kind ofContinue reading “Devon Morris – Ithaca Soccer”

Reece Whitley – Cal Swimming

“My swim career originally started out as a failed deep-water test at summer camp. The guy that failed me actually ended up being my first primary coach in club swimming. His name was Paul and I broke my first individual national age group record under him when I was 12. I was 6’ 3” backContinue reading “Reece Whitley – Cal Swimming”

Carlos Dotson – Western Carolina Basketball

“Basketball has meant the world to me. It has brought me so much joy and so many great friendships, I’m glad I choose to play this sport. The connections I have gained from basketball have been life changing.  In 9th grade I was cut by my basketball team. The next year I made JV butContinue reading “Carlos Dotson – Western Carolina Basketball”

Chloe Johnson – Ohio State Lacrosse

“Lacrosse means everything to me since I started playing at the age of 4. It has provided me with a lot of opportunities as an athlete, but also as a Black woman. I have gotten to surpass stereotypes and prove I can do more than what is expected of  me. I have gotten to travelContinue reading “Chloe Johnson – Ohio State Lacrosse”

Madelyn Broxterman – Emporia State Softball

“I always heard stories of athlete’s careers coming to an abrupt halt, or even ending after being seriously injured. I always thought to myself, ‘I am strong. That could never happen to me.” But then it did. Basketball season my senior year of high school the unthinkable happened. Playing full heart and full speed, likeContinue reading “Madelyn Broxterman – Emporia State Softball”

Drew Clark – Feather River Baseball

“Junior college athletes are often overlooked because we don’t have the social media platform that comes along with being a Division 1 athlete. Yet, we still go through the same struggles, often without a voice. Plenty of JUCO athletes have the weight of the world on their shoulders because we don’t have a secure four-yearContinue reading “Drew Clark – Feather River Baseball”

Elijah Gualdin – Tiffin Track and Field

“Track gave a kid that was nervous to talk to anybody a voice. I grew up stuttering really badly and track has been my way to express myself. It taught me that their are endless amounts of opportunities in this world, you just have to chase them.” “I’ve fought my way to the top ofContinue reading “Elijah Gualdin – Tiffin Track and Field”

Five Things Your Black Teammates Want You to Know

As we’ve shared athlete’s stories, we’ve had the privilege to catch a glimpse into the lives of so many amazing individuals. We’ve rejoiced with them in their successes, and mourned with them in their hardships. For many athletes however, especially those of color, much of their journey is not always easily seen. They carry aContinue reading “Five Things Your Black Teammates Want You to Know”

Chinaza Ndee – Pittsburgh Volleyball

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that volleyball has permanently changed the way I approach everyday situations. Volleyball has taught me the importance of cherishing and nurturing relationships and how much caring for those around you can motivate you. It has shown me (sometimes painfully) the importance of time management and prioritizing theContinue reading “Chinaza Ndee – Pittsburgh Volleyball”

Katelyn Hutchison – Ithaca Track & Field

“I remember at the end of my freshman year of High School, I ran in the Chicago Public Schools City Championships. I was freaking out. Nobody was expecting me to do anything crazy and out of nowhere I won. A couple weeks later we had the sectional qualifier. When they got to my name, theContinue reading “Katelyn Hutchison – Ithaca Track & Field”

Kris Alleyne -Professional Lacrosse

“Lacrosse has been everything to me since I started playing in the fourth grade. The game has taught me so many character traits that translate to my everyday life. Leadership, handling adversity, hard work, etc. This game has given me so much in terms of education, lifelong relationships, travel and now as I get older,Continue reading “Kris Alleyne -Professional Lacrosse”