What My Sport Teaches Me

Persistence Pays

The summer before her sophomore year at Seton Hall, Kayleigh Ellison suffered a seizure. The diagnosis: a brain tumor. After surgery, Ellison returned to school and earned her degree. But as she looked ahead to law school, she realized something was missing in her life.

A New Course

At 50, Joanne Adams hoped college golf would offer a fresh challenge. It provided much more.

Lean on Me

Suz Hoppe is entering her 13th season as the head athletic trainer for the Division I men’s ice hockey team at Minnesota Duluth.

Tapped Into Winner Strength

Evan Simon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in February and relied on his training to overcome the disease.

Stroke of Determination

University of Delaware senior Kate Sneddon doesn’t let her cystic fibrosis pull her away from her passions. She tried backing off sports in college, but boredom led to rowing – and the discovery of a new love.

A Lane of His Own

Mike Kroll started Manchester University’s swimming and diving program a year ago after a decade of finding success as a coach and swimmer. With spastic cerebral palsy, Kroll’s goal as a swimmer wasn’t to win a race but to make himself better and meet his personal goals every day.

Confidence Builder

Helen Putriment, set to graduate in December with a nursing degree from The Sage Colleges, wrapped up her volleyball eligibility last year at age 30. Her student-athlete path awaited her when she was 17, but she did not start college until 10 years later.

Don’t Call Him ‘Coach’

With a career record of 657-124-61 and two Division III national championships, Jay Martin is the winningest men’s soccer coach in the NCAA. His team plays home games at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, but in soccer, he says, the coach’s job is to stay out of the way.

All in the Same Boat

Now the head rowing coach at Barry University in Miami, Boban Rankovic was an assistant when the team was runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Division II Rowing Championships. Ethnic conflict formed the backdrop of Rankovic’s childhood in the former Yugoslavia.

Inside the Lines

Before he was a student-athlete, Jason Shuler served four years and three tours in the U.S. Navy as a quartermaster third class, working as a search-and-rescue swimmer.

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