Feb. 14, 2018
CLEVELAND - As student-athlete development professionals who work with many students from all walks of life on a day-to-day basis, often times we encounter extraordinary stories of individuals overcoming extreme adversities. Although the odds may be stacked against them, these individuals have a drive deep inside them to succeed in the face of overwhelming challenges. It is working with these outstanding young people that makes the job of a student-athlete development professional so rewarding.
In an effort to recognize and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of these individuals, the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) will highlight one or more student-athletes each month for their determination to achieve success regardless of personal, academic and emotional challenges.
N4A is honored to recognize Siena Patty (Indiana University) and Tyese Purvis (Monmouth University).
Siena Patty; Indiana University
Siena Patty arrived at Indiana University as a member of the rowing team. Like many first-year students, it was a challenge to adjust to college life, especially balancing the responsibilities of Division I athletics. Struggling to adjust to her busy schedule, Patty began to struggle mentally, physically, and academically. She began battling an eating disorder that would eventually consume her life. On the cusp of being academically dismissed from the university, she found a support system in her roommate, coach, academic advisor, parents, as well as a counselor. Patty was able to overcome her struggles and regain her physical, and more importantly, her mental health. She declared a new major, outdoor recreation, parks, and human ecology, which was an ideal fit for her and became a very dependable teammate for the Hoosiers rowing team. Patty’s motivation and determination has allowed her to use her college experience as a tremendous opportunity for growth and development.
Tyese Purvis; Monmouth University
Growing up in South Jamaica, and Queens, New York, nothing came easy for Tyese Purvis. Even though her mother taught her and her brother to set goals and do well in school, she struggled academically. After utilizing all the support that was available to her, Purvis became a ‘B’-average student by the time she entered high school. While bringing her grades up, Purvis found a passion for basketball. Playing basketball helped her succeed in the classroom and inevitably she began to have aspirations of playing at the collegiate level. Because she was deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA, she elected to attend a junior college. Unfortunately, she was immediately met with adversity when she tore her ACL during her rookie year. Despite the setback, Purvis came back stronger than ever and earned a full-scholarship to Monmouth University, where she graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
About N4A: N4A, which has been in existence since 1975, is a diverse educational service and professional non-profit organization. Membership of N4A includes academic support and student services personnel who are committed to enhancing opportunities for academic, athletics and personal success for student-athletes. For more information on N4A, visit www.nfoura.org. N4A is administered by NACDA, now in its 53rd year, administers 17 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.