Campus Clicks: Gabby Sprang's Official Visit to Tennessee
May 30, Gregg is the second student-athlete from Tennessee to win a Senior CLASS coaches, Ralph and Karen Weekly, have prepared me for my future career." " Ralph and I are tremendously proud of Meghan," said Karen Weekly, MLK Marches, Goals for Girls, Light the Night and softball meet and greets. Mar 12, With Saturday's doubleheader and series sweep, UT is to open , which was Ralph and Karen Weekly's first season on Rocky Top. May 19, Tennessee softball co-head coach Karen Weekly was the first softball Ralph was the softball coach at Pacific Lutheran, and Karen asked if she could She regularly meets with players to view film and discuss strategy.
He joined a men's fastpitch team, and it was a solace for him. It was in college where he realized that he didn't have to escape from anything.
As a freshman, he helped with the Mount St. Mary's University MD softball team, where his sister played.
Two years later, he was an undergraduate assistant coach. I finally understood that if someone wasn't going to accept me, I didn't want those people in my life anyways.
I began telling more and more people, and to this day, I have yet to have a negative response. With each person I told, the unexplained anger I had slowly started to diminish.
Would he be out in his professional life? Christiansen feared that potential softball programs and schools might not hire him because he was gay. That was remedied quickly: If a school didn't want a gay coach, he reasoned, then he didn't want to be at that school.
I ultimately decided that I wouldn't want to work for somewhere that wouldn't hire me because I'm gay, because it doesn't define me. No, being gay doesn't define who he is as a coach or a person, but Christiansen was beginning to understand that it was a big -- and important -- part of his identity.
I quickly realized that I wanted to be on the right side of history and help others who have had similar struggles. It is what makes me who I am. It influences me to be kind, caring, and compassionate -- traits that I don't believe I would otherwise possess. But at the same time, I am just like every other person. I am a fierce competitor, sometimes stubborn, and want to be the best at everything I do. So no, being gay does not 'define me,' but yeah, it kind of does.
We all cannot wait to be in their shoes. Tennessee softball has one of the top facilities in the country. We ate at Ye Olde Steakhouse in Knoxville. It had a lot of character and delicious food, especially the chocolate cake we all got to go!!
UT's Gregg wins 2018 Senior CLASS Award in softball
One thing I learned is we will not starve at Tennessee. Our hosts had us for the night showing us what it is like being a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee. We stopped by the baseball field to catch the end of the game, went rollerblading with the team, and ended the night hanging out in the dorms and talking with our future teammates.
Saturday morning was game day on Rocky Top and everyone was fired up to beat Bama. We all met pre-game at Ralph and Karen's beautiful house on the Tennessee river for brunch. Their home is a place the team is welcome to come to boat, relax on the dock, and watch movies in their home theater.
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A home away from home for sure. Following our brunch we made our way back to campus for the tradition of Tennessee football game day.
We lined the streets with overfans for the "Vol Walk. The streets and all around campus are lined with screaming fans shaking the players hands and wishing them luck. As we got to our seats a few rows up in the end zone, we joined the loud fans in singing "Rocky Top" led by the Pride of the Southland Band.
After the game the coaches took us out to a nice seafood restaurant called Chesapeakes just off campus, and from there our official visit concluded.