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WVU Student Athletes Speak Out


Student-athletes attending major colleges or universities need to work on their speaking skills almost as much as they do their athletics. These athletes are asked to speak in public at schools or camps around the area.

Fortunately for them, Dr. Carolyn Atkins created a course at West Virginia University that helps these student-athletes get more comfortable with speaking in public. It also helps their interview skills with the media.

"My goal with Student Athletes Speak Out is for everyone to see what I see. I hope for the public to have a better understanding that student-athletes are people first," said Dr. Carolyn Atkins, WVU professor of speech pathology and audiology in the College of Education and Human Services. "The student-athletes have persevered in many cases to make it to college. Speaking gives them a face and personality. It makes them human."

Five student-athletes gave their speeches in front of invited WVU faculty, fellow teammates and the media.

That group of five student-athletes included three football players (KJ Meyers, Brandon Napoleon and Will Clarke), one women's soccer player (Bry McCarthy) and one women's basketball player (Averee Fields).

Click on the videos below to watch the speeches and an interview with the course creator, Dr. Carolyn Atkins.

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