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Student-athletes are as competitive in academics as they are in athletics

by Luke Reid, Intercollegiate Athletics
photograph by Beiron Andersson

“Coach [Greg] Clink and the staff made it clear that I wasn’t just coming to Chico to play basketball—
academics were going to be the focus.” Chico State’s student-athletes have had a ton of experience performing in pressure-packed situations. But this was a whole new ball game.

They sat in a tidy row of cushioned chairs facing a room full of dignitaries: CEOs, city leaders, and University President Paul J. Zingg, among others. Asked to accompany Chico State Athletic Director, Anita Barker, to a presentation to the University Advisory Board, the student-athletes spoke about succeeding academically and athletically, and what they’ve learned along the way.

They knocked it out of the park, sharing stories of dedication, discipline, and perseverance.

“It’s very hard to be a student-athlete, but it’s also so rewarding to look back on what you’ve accomplished,” said Olivia Watt...

For more information about Chico State athletes and programs, please visit the Intercollegiate Athletics website.
This article first published in "Chico Statements," a semesterly publication put out by the Public Affairs and Publications Office.
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