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Division III Week Student-Althete Spotlight: In My Own Words by John Isaacson

Division III Week Student-Althete Spotlight: In My Own Words by John Isaacson

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 6-12) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and 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 a 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

Sophomore John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) a student in the Business Administration program has been a member of the Gallaudet track and field team for two years and ran his first season as a member of the cross country team this past fall.

In My Own Words: John Isaacson

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JI: Being a student-athlete in college is a rewarding experience for me. Being an athlete and student gives me the opportunity to work hard on and off the track. This experience also helps me stay focused on my schoolwork and develop good time management skills.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JI: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is a rewarding experience. Gallaudet University gives me good communication access and that makes our program unique. Being a student-athlete is something that I can prove to people that I have good time management skills and commitment towards different things. This gives me the opportunity to meet many new students and learn new things everyday. I went to a residential school and I knew everyone at my school. At Gallaudet University, it seems that I am always meeting new faces everyday and I enjoy that.

This is your second year at Gallaudet, what has your experience been like and how have you seen yourself change since your first year? How has being a student-athlete influenced those changes and impacted your performance in the classroom?
JI: My experience at Gallaudet University has been really good and exciting. My first year, I originally planned not to play any sports because I thought high school sports were good enough. But I was wrong. So I decided to join track and field. It was the best decision for me. Being on the team is fun and I really enjoy running. I also developed stronger leadership skills and social skills. As a student-athlete, I have to maintain a good grade-point average (GPA) to be eligible to run [participate]. It makes me want to work harder to have a better GPA and having good grades makes me want to work harder in track. It has been great and I am looking forward to the rest of my career as a student-athlete. 

Division III Week Fact of the Day

Did you know Division III had 233 member schools and agreed to sponosr 10 championships when it was created on August 6, 1973.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
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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 www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2015.

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 www.gallaudet.edu.