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…

Q&A with Kelsey Koelzer: The First, But Not The Last

Professional ice hockey player Kelsey Koelzer has been the first of a lot of things: first Black 1st round draft pick to the NWHL, first coach of Arcadia University’s newly established Women’s Ice Hockey program, first Black head coach in NCAA ice hockey history. But, she’s working to ensure that she’s not the last. Koelzer…

Morgan Alexander: Finding Purpose in a Career Wracked By Injuries

The other day, I was sitting in a job interview and the hiring manager asked me, “can you tell me about your experience playing division one lacrosse?” My response was definitely different than what she had expected. I simply responded, “filled with adversity.” My story is different than the average college lacrosse player, but I…

Karelle Edwards: Team Canada Hurdler & Mental Health Therapist

Karelle Edwards is Tokyo 2021 Olympics hopeful, competing for Team Canada track & field in the hurdles. She has her Master’s Degree in Counseling and is on her way to becoming a licensed mental health therapist. Karelle recently opened up on Instagram about her own mental health struggles and how she will be taking some…

Haley Gorecki: From Three Major Surgeries To the WNBA

The one phrase that will create the most heartbreaking chapters in an athlete’s career: “you need surgery for this to heal.” Yes, many athletes are very lucky and never have to worry about injuries and the recovery process that results, but many end up in a doctor’s office on the receiving end of that conversation….

Molly Little: “He’s not the sun, you are.”

Molly Little’s story was first published by UNCUT Chapel Hill on February 22, 2021. Molly is a current graduate student-athlete at the University of Denver, and one of the top defensive players in the Big East conference. TW: sexual assault and dating violence Before I start my story and before you read further, it is…