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N4A Announces Student-Athletes of the Month for May 2017

May 17, 2017

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, N4A will highlight one or more student-athletes each month for their determination to achieve success regardless of personal, academic and emotional challenges.

For May, N4A is honored to recognize Nate Paxton (Georgia State University) and Jamie Radermacher (Oregon State University).

Paxton was the first in his family to graduate from college, and in his words, it was a “journey.” Paxton was a walk-on to the Georgia State football team until his senior year when he was awarded a scholarship. This came at a good time as he was close to not returning due to financial hardships. Paxton’s “journey “was definitely not an easy road. He didn’t always have a bed to sleep in, a home to go to, food to eat, or money. He started his day every morning at 3:30 a.m., taking two buses and a train to make it to 6:00 a.m. practice. Instead of these obstacles stopping him, they did the opposite; they instilled determination in him to be successful. Not only did Paxton take care of himself, but he also helped to support his family during tough times. No doubt, Paxton is a man with character, toughness, intelligence and perseverance. He was awarded his Business Economics degree in May 2016 and is planning to attend grad school in the near future.

Growing up experiencing years of physical, emotional and financial hardship, gymnastics was always an outlet for Radermacher. Therefore, when she earned a scholarship to compete in gymnastics at Eastern Michigan University, it was a dream come true. Unfortunately, during her Sophomore year, Radermacher suffered a serious back injury which required two surgeries. Many predicted that her athletic career was over, but she was determined to recover and compete again. Radermacher eventually earned a walk-on spot on Oregon State University’s team, but shortly after joining the team, tragedy struck her family with the death of her mother. Despite these difficult events, Radermacher’s tenacity has allowed her to become a top contributor to the gymnastics team and succeed academically in her Human Development and Family Science major.

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 52nd 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.