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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Jordan Fields – Pittsburgh Track and Field

What has track meant to you and taught you? While challenging myself physically and participating in athletic competitions has been rewarding, my greatest takeaway from track and field and the student-athlete lifestyle are the life lessons I learned along the way. Being a track and field athlete at a competitive high school and at theContinue reading “Jordan Fields – Pittsburgh Track and Field”

Bryce Owens – New Mexico Basketball

I became a collegiate basketball player because the love I have for the game of basketball is extremely abundant. I knew I did not want my basketball career to end after high school and it has never been something I needed to think about. The goal was to get a scholarship to play Division 1Continue reading “Bryce Owens – New Mexico Basketball”

Peyton St. George – Duke Softball

“There isn’t one solid defining moment of my career that I felt like has defined me. Yet, my freshman year of college was one of the most challenging years of my life just because when I lost my identity in softball, I also lost my identity as a person. It took a long time forContinue reading “Peyton St. George – Duke Softball”

Candace Martin – Alabama State Volleyball

“Without volleyball I am not quite sure where I would be. Volleyball has played such a vital role in my life for so long, that it is hard to think about life without it. Volleyball has been my saving grace. As a young Black girl growing up in the inner city of Memphis, TN whereContinue reading “Candace Martin – Alabama State Volleyball”

Haley Cruse – Oregon Softball

“Softball has instilled so many qualities in me that benefit me both on and off the field. The most important thing it has taught me is how to deal with adversity and how to respond to failure. Growing up, I was a perfectionist who was very afraid of failure. Softball has shown me that theContinue reading “Haley Cruse – Oregon Softball”

Antiesha Brown – New Mexico Basketball

“Honestly, I just remember bumping into the middle school, seventh grade girl’s basketball coach, and he had never seen me before. We had just moved from Turkey and in Europe, soccer is the big deal. If you weren’t playing soccer, you weren’t doing anything great with yourself at all.I was taller than the other girlsContinue reading “Antiesha Brown – New Mexico Basketball”

Yolett “Coach Yo” McCuin – Ole Miss Women’s Basketball

“Basketball became a passion for me from a very young age because of my father.  He was a HS basketball coach and one night after a Championship game his team lost the game; when the gym cleared out I vividly remember him crying like a baby.  I had to be like 6 or 7 becauseContinue reading “Yolett “Coach Yo” McCuin – Ole Miss Women’s Basketball”

Ari Morgan – Howard Soccer

“Soccer has meant everything to me. If it weren’t for a miscellaneous AYSO flyer tucked away in my kindergarten backpack, I wouldn’t have met some of my greatest friends or thought of attending college outside of my small home state of Oklahoma. Because of soccer, I was able to attend an elite boarding school andContinue reading “Ari Morgan – Howard Soccer”

Jayda Bagstad – Hamline Track & Field

“I did not know if I wanted to continue athletics when I started looking at colleges. Little did I know I was actually getting recruited by several Midwest schools at all different levels. It was shocking to me because I did not think I was good enough to compete at the collegiate level. I rememberContinue reading “Jayda Bagstad – Hamline Track & Field”

Destiny Thomas – Clemson Basketball

“Basketball has meant the most to me. Basketball has provided me with SO many opportunities. I’ve been able to travel the world, meet so many amazing people, and create bonds that will last a lifetime. Basketball has shown me how to be resilient.” “An obstacle that I’ve had to overcome throughout my career would beContinue reading “Destiny Thomas – Clemson Basketball”