WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 4-10) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 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 Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) is in his second season with the track and field team, in 2014-15 he was part of the basketball team and this year decided to join the cross country team.
In My Own Words: Toraneau Varice
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
TV: Comparing it to high school it is a lot different, especially last year when I played basketball. After class you have basketball, basically you’re studying another sport and you’re in school studying what you want to major in. That was the biggest difference for me. You have to have good time management and organization skills.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
TV: For me it’s a lot different because I’m hard of hearing and I grew up always talking. My parents are hearing, I’m the only one that’s hard of hearing in my family, with track and basketball and cross country, it’s a different environment. When I got here I didn’t know any sign language. When I was with my roommate, and now track teammate, I had to text him to talk to him. Toward the end of the year, being on different teams has taught me how to sign and understanding American Sign Language (ASL).
What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
TV: I know I want to be a firefighter. I want to get my degree first and then become a firefighter or maybe go into sports therapy. I like to help people, give back to my community, and I can do that by being a firefighter. My grandfather and uncle are both retired firefighters and I have always looked up to them for that.
It's your second year, you’ve been a part of men's basketball, track and cross country, and worked as a student-employee for the athletics department, what has inspired you to be so involved with athletics here and how has it impacted you as a student-athlete?
TV: I’ve always been involved in sports. When I was younger I played soccer, basketball, football, everything, so I’ve always been athletic. I can’t not play a sport. I stopped playing basketball because I wanted to focus on track, I found a new passion in something that I enjoy doing more. I love basketball, but in track I’m doing more things. Just recently, I broke the record for the indoor 200-meter dash.
It’s taught me a lot of new things, especially with signing and interacting within Deaf Culture as well as with my organizational skills. With school I have to be on top of my grades, if I have a meet, I have to communicate with my teacher. I believe it helped to mold me into the person I am now.
You have to be 100% committed to everything, it's not easy, don’t go into something and not be fully committed. If you’re going to play a sport, play it and be fully committed, if you’re that committed about the sport you have to be that committed about school or if you’re working. You can’t do things half way because if you want to be great you have to do these things.
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know approximately 190,315 (38.9%) of 489,073 NCAA student-athletes compete at Division III institutions.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Friday: Toraneau Varice (Men's Track and Field) | Danielle Warren (Women's Basketball)
Thursday: Brad Peterson (Football) | Jamila Hubbard (Women's Track and Field)
Wednesday: David Bruno (Men's Swimming and Diving) | Jennifer Livengood (Women's Soccer)
Tuesday: Chase Magsig (Baseball) | Kevlasha Humphrey (Women's Cross Country)
Monday: Vicente Perez (Men's Cross Country) | Taylor Mickelson (Women's Swimming and Diving)
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-2016.
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.