10 Things Student-Athletes Are Thankful For

We can not express our gratitude for all of the student-athletes that share(d) their story with us. Every single one of you strengthens us in our pursuit of spreading inspiring, powerful, and authentic stories. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for opening up to us and allowing us to tell your story.

But as it turns out, we are not the only ones that are grateful for something. So, in this short story, you will find ten statements from our existing stories that student-athletes are grateful for. Enjoy!

1) Blair Bartholomew | Texas Rowing

Nevertheless, I Persisted

Every struggle I’ve had has helped me grow into the person I am today and I am so thankful for the people I’ve had around me that have been patient and supportive in my self-discovery.


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2) Antoine Lloyd | Nebraska Track & Field

September 22, 2025

This is the time that I need to thank all my teammates, coaches, friends and family that had to deal with all the frustration I had built up. When I turned away from them, they stayed right there and welcomed me back with open arms.


3) Eric Sock | Nebraska Tennis

Love The Battle

Apparently, the doctors were having a difficult time diagnosing the case as Lemerrie’s is a rare illness and so thanks to the whole medical staff, my mom, dad, and brother for sticking by my side throughout the entire nightmare and especially Dr. Monaco who allowed me to make it out on the surviving side.


4) Justin Karstadt | Minnesota Gymnastics

Dealing With The Pressure Of Success

I wasn’t nearly a top recruit in my class but I always believed I had what it took to eventually compete with the best in America. Fortunately, University of Minnesota head coach Mike Burns saw it in me as well. And for that, I am tremendously grateful.


5) Maryam Hassan | Columbia Track & Field

We Always Get Back Up

God has given me astounding coaches from high school through now, amazing parents who support my endeavors, and great friends and teammates who help me to be the best version of myself.


6) Christopher Patzanovsky | Memphis Tennis

We Always Get Back Up

A word that describes Memphis and Memphians is “grind”. Our conference is very often overlooked and we have to grind for everything. Nothing is given. We all are learning life lessons here which we will take with us post-college. I am incredibly thankful for that and everything the city has given me. A stage to prove myself to be a good tennis player. A platform to express myself as a magician.


7) Maggi Thorne | Nebraska Track & Field

Find Your Calling

Academically, Dennis LeBlanc, Keith Zimmer, and Alvin Banks helped pave the path for a struggling student like myself to become the first person in their family to get a degree.


8) Damian Hume | Boise State, Michigan State, Princeton Tennis

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My family has had an incredible impact on (the start of) my tennis career. I would not be in the position I am today without them. It may sound cliché, but I know I will never be able to thank them enough. My family did not have a lot of money when I was growing up, but my mother would do whatever it took to get me what I needed and drive me to where I needed to be.


9) Yul Moldauer | Oklahoma Gymnastics

Thank You, Oklahoma!

I do want to say thank you to my family, my coaches, the medical staff, my teachers, my friends, and my teammates. Without these people in my life, all my awards and accomplishments would be nothing but dust-collectors.


10) Kelsie Payne | Kansas Volleyball

A Dream Come True

I can’t thank my teammates, coaches and the Jayhawk fans enough for letting me live the college athlete dream. It was easily the best four years of my life and despite all the personal struggles, setbacks, and challenges, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.



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