Kailey Conry: Against The Odds

The second you commit to the college of your dreams, you are flooded with thoughts of what will be: constantly imagining the friendships you will form, the experiences you will have, envisioning the success you hope to find in your sport. I was no different. I came into my freshman year in the best shape…

Pro Runner Jazmine Fray on Mental Health: Ten Things I Wish I Knew

Jazmine Fray, former runner at Texas A&M University, holds NCAA Division 1 titles in the individual 800-meter and the 4×400-meter relay. She is now a professional athlete at Under Armour in Washington, DC, where she is busy training and competing, as well as coaching high school track.  With a strong Catholic faith that was nurtured…

Lyneé Belton: Finding My Way

April 2nd 2014: I was warming up to play in the McDonald’s high school All-American game. A game that I had looked forward to for many years. For context, only about 24 players in the United States get selected to play in this nationally televised game. If you were chosen, you were considered the top…

NWSL Player Bethany Balcer on Self-Talk

NWSL player Bethany Balcer of the OL Reign has had an incredible start to her young professional career. Balcer was the first player in history to get drafted to the NWSL out of the NAIA collegiate league and soon became the Rookie of the Year. However, she also garnered attention for her openness about her…

Mary Banick: My Past is Not My Future

TW: sexual assault, suicide, self-harm My story begins my freshman year of college. I had started at the University of Tennessee, and I was so excited to begin my college career as a student athlete and a Volunteer. I had struggled with depression for several years prior, but I had done well to hide it…

Mack Beggs: The Trans Athlete Changing The Game

Mack Beggs went viral in 2018 after he went undefeated to win the Texas state wrestling championship. However, Beggs, a transgender man, had been forced for years to compete in the girls’ state tournament. Beggs now competes in college in the NAIA on the men’s wrestling team at Life University –a school with multiple Hidden…

Maema Njongmeta: Tragedy Into Triumph

“There is no ‘right moment.’ There is just this moment and what you choose to do with it.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, but almost my entire life revolves around football. Like many, the year 2020 was filled with a lot of anguish, and despair, lined with moments of growth and clarity….

Eva Merrell: My Battle with Anorexia As An Elite Swimmer

Head Campus Captain Eva Merrell once swam at the Olympic Trials. But, when she was forced to confront her ongoing eating disorder, she realized she needed to step away from her sport for her mental and physical health. Eva recently participated in The University of Georgia’s Ted Talk series “Dawg Talks” to share her story…

Hailey Murray: How My ADHD Diagnosis Saved My Life

I was never known as the brainy kid growing up. I went to a very competitive private school, and from a young age, I remember being measured by achievements in the classroom. When I was young, my teachers labeled me as average, and sometimes outspoken. As I got older, the statements became more memorable,  “you…