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Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Own Words by Jake Grindstaff

Division III Week image - Jake Grindstaff (Baseball)

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the seventh annual NCAA Division III Week (April 2-8) 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.

Senior Jake Grindstaff (New Market, Md.) is a four-year letterwinner on the Bison baseball team. Grindstaff, a Risk Management & Insurance major with a minor in Information Technology, is slated to graduate in May 2019

In My Own Words: Jake Grindstaff

What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
JG: Being a student-athlete is a very good challenge for me to handle both my commitment to academics and playing sports. It has helped me to prepare for my future career thanks to the skills I have learned from being student-athlete.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
JG: Being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University is a special feeling knowing all of the support we receive from the Deaf community. Plus, it helps having a coach who believes in supporting his student-athletes to do well in the classroom and with our academics in addition to playing baseball.

What are your goals after graduation, what do you hope to do in life?
JG: I am planning to pursue my master's degree in business and focus on risk management and insurance or possibly actuarial science. My goal after graduate school will be to become an actuary and baseball coach.

How have you changed as a player since you began? What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in terms of growth, as compared to when you first started playing baseball?
JG: It has been an honor to play baseball at Gallaudet University these last four years under Coach Curtis Pride. I have grown so much over the years especially with my confidence, communication skills and my commitment to the baseball program. My biggest accomplishment, in terms of growth, since playing baseball has been expanding my leadership skills.

Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know the average total operating expenses per Division III institution with football is $4,265,000 and without football $2,696,000.

Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Sunday: Jake Grindstaff (Baseball) | Anyia Brown (Women's Track and Field)
Saturday: Connor Baer (Men's Soccer) | Darriyan Thomas (Women's Volleyball)
Friday: Devonte Ramsey (Men's Basketball) | Hannah Carter (Softball)
Thursday: Jonathan Tikhonoff (Men's Swimming) | Sabrina Hernandez (Women's Soccer)
Wednesday: Michael Haynes (Men's Track and Field) | Fatuma Ali (Women's Cross Country)
Tuesday: Matthew Carcraft (Football) | Shakeedra Hubbard (Women's Basketball)
Monday: Ren Hohneke (Men's Cross Country) | Jana Kiefer (Women's Swimming)

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

About Gallaudet
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