For junior finance major Taylor Calvert, visiting
the country of Haiti, which was devastated by a 2010 earthquake, with five
fellow Winthrop Eagles basketball players earlier this year was a
“life-changing experience that she will never forget.”
After visiting a Haitian orphanage, Calvert blogged about the service
trip on the Winthrop Eagles’ website: “I know it is impossible to help everyone
and impossible to change a country. I just hope and pray that we made a
difference, big or small, and touched one life.”
On the trip, she
and five other teammates gave much-needed basketball equipment and coaching
materials on clinics in the area, including new basketball shoes, and taught
basketball skills to local children.
The trip was made possible
through the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes organization, and Calvert thought she would never
have such an opportunity before coming to Winthrop University.
Calvert was featured in the Big South Conference Network's Musco Spotlight in January 2014. View the video on the website.
Winthrop coaches spotted Calvert while she was playing at a tournament in
Chicago and recruited her to play for Winthrop.
“I came on an
official visit and fell in love with the atmosphere and the high educational
standards, as well as the athletic program,” she said.
from Shertz, Texas, plays forward on the basketball team. Some of her 2012-13
highlights include breaking the Winthrop single-game rebounding
record and achieving her first career double-double with 11
points and 21 rebounds in a game versus Troy.
“As far as
athletics, I have become part of a family,” she said. “I’ve made friendships
that will last a lifetime.”
And although she has two years of
college under her belt, her freshmen ACAD class remains her favorite.
“It allowed me to really get to know my peers and be comfortable just being
me,” she said. “My professor, Larry
Stevens, was great. He was very real and personable. He forced you to open
up and get to know people, which was great.”
To read more about
Calvert's experience, visit
the blogs on the Winthrop Eagles website.