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Student Athletes presented in KTP Fellowship Workshop Panel

Student Athletes presented in KTP Fellowship Workshop Panel

This was written by Katherine Bean.

On Wednesday March 13, 2019, Keeping the Promise (KTP) hosted a KTP Fellowship Workshop student-athlete panel discussing barriers that student-athletes of color face and how they have overcome them.

The panel featured three GU student-athletes:

  • Kazeem Babatunde, an alumnus and former basketball player. He currently works at the National Institute of Health.

  • Ronald Mattingly, a senior communication major and track & field athlete.

  • Bobby Green, a senior business major and football player.

The panel was attended by 15 KTP participants, 7 of which were GU athletes or former athletes.

The panelists shared their experiences as student-athletes of color in their respective sports and academic programs. Throughout the two hour panel, they shared wisdom and learned lessons about identifying campus resources, mentors, their support systems, and motivating themselves to have the self-drive to persevere.

Green’s comments about his struggles to ask for help when he needed it hit home with the attendees, he said, “I didn’t want to be seen as the guy who always needed help. But I learned to try first, and ask for help second if I needed it.”

Mattingly shared how communications professor, Amy Stevens, influenced him in a positive way and how he now provides guidance and advice to his younger sister, now a GU freshmen and track athlete. His advice to attendees was to have a “me vs. me mentality”. Students nodded along as he explained how the competition with himself and not comparing himself to others gives him the drive to achieve his goals.

Babatunde impressed the audience as he explained how he worked three jobs, played basketball, and maintained a cumulative GPA average above a 3.0. Students wanted to know his secret to success and he revealed the time management and keeping himself busy was the key to avoiding distractions.

Babatunde also reminded all attendees to speak to the Career Center on campus about applying to enter the Workforce Recruit Program (WRP). This is a program that connects students with disabilities to federal and private sector positions. He encouraged students to apply as early as possible so that they can maximize the benefits which include mock interviews and internship placement support.

This was the kickoff event to the strengthened partnership between the Athletics Department and KTP as we embrace our intersectional identities and multiple roles on campus.

Posted by Katherine Bean | Posted March 14, 2019 at 3:45 PM


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