PESH Department Student Awards

PESH Department Student Awards

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2020 Recipients

Congratulations to each of the 2020 PESH Student Award winners!

Please click on each award name below to learn more about this year’s recipient.

    Lindsey Ott - Hellams Award

    The Hellams Award for Excellence in Physical Education is presented annually in memory of Harriett Hellams who received her B.S. degree from Winthrop in 1945. Ms. Hellams died following a diving accident the summer after her graduation. The award is presented to a senior who qualifies on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, professional involvement, enthusiasm and social qualities.

    Lindsey said, “In the past 4 years at Winthrop and especially in the PESH department, it really became like a second home to me. I am so thankful for my professors and peers, that encouraged me, challenged me, and helped me grow into a young professional. After I graduate, a few days later I will begin a new journey at the Medical University of South Carolina where I will pursue my doctorate in occupational therapy. After, I plan to work with children that have special needs.”

    Heidi Edwards - ATRN Major of the Year

    The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding major within the Athletic Training program. The recipient shall have a quality GPA, demonstrates consistent service to school or community, and pursue a professional association membership.

    Heidi said, “During my time at Winthrop, I was a member of the Athletic Training, Horseback Riding, Bass Fishing, and PESH Service Clubs. I was also a member of the PESH honors fraternity Phi Epsilon Kappa and a PESH ambassador. I plan to take a gap year before pursuing my master’s degree. My goal is to become an athletic trainer for a collegiate baseball team. I have enjoyed my time at Winthrop and the many things it taught me such as professionalism, time management, and perseverance. The PESH department will always be a second home to me.”

    Tyler Harmon - Bert Bobb Award

    The Bert Bobb Award: Most Outstanding ATRN Clinical Experience

    This award recognizes a student for outstanding performance in clinical experiences. Students in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) are eligible for this award during their final clinical experience rotation.

    Tyler said, “My few years at Winthrop were great. I came in as a transfer student my sophomore year coming from York Technical College. I already knew before I started college that Athletic Training was the career I wanted to pursue and Winthrop gave me the opportunity I needed. Dr. McLaine and Ms. Major brought me right up to speed with what needed to be done as an Athletic Training student and the standard to which I needed to perform. With their help I was able to secure a few summer semester internships over the years such as an Intern Athletic Trainer at FC Dallas, and observing surgeries by the Orthopedic Surgeon of the Houston Texans. Working as an Athletic Training student for the Winthrop Men's Soccer team, Softball team, Fort Mill High School, etc. was amazing and I could not have asked for better experiences or better mentors. I am sad that my time with Winthrop has come to an end the way it did with COVID-19, but I could not have done this without the support of my family, friends, faculty, athletes, and classmates. My future plan has already been decided. I will be attending Baylor University to pursue my Master's degree in Sport Pedagogy, where I will be a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer as a Head Athletic Trainer of a high school in the Waco, Texas area. My career goals are to become a Head Athletic Trainer of a professional soccer team whether that be in the MLS, English Premier League, Bundesliga, etc.”

    Zak Butt - EXSC Major of the Year

    The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding major within the Exercise Science program. The recipient shall have a quality GPA, demonstrate consistent service to school or community, and pursue a professional association membership.

    Zak said, “I have been an athlete for 18 years, and after switching majors a few times in my first two years of my undergraduate career, I decided that I wanted to begin working towards a career in what I am most passionate about which is sport and athletics. As I began completing courses within the exercise science curriculum, I began developing a strong interest in sport and performance psychology. Having been a golfer for 18 years, I have come to understand how both the physical and mental aspects of performance must be in synchronization with one another in order to ensure optimal performance. I will be attending Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in the Fall of 2020 to begin working towards a master’s degree in exercise and sport science with a specialization in sport and performance psychology. I am looking forward to continuing my research on mindfulness and optimal states of performance as I am also planning to complete a thesis on this subject matter. Upon completion of my master’s, I am planning to work towards a Ph.D. in either sport psychology or clinical psychology. Becoming a sport psychologist and contributing researcher in the overall field of psychology are my main objectives, and I am determined to become a leader in the field. I am excited to continue my educational journey, and I am equally excited to make a difference for many athletes and individuals who seek to become a better version of themselves.” 

    Lindsey Ott - EXSC Intern of the Year

    This award recognizes a student for outstanding performance in the exercise science internship.

    Lindsey said, “In the past 4 years at Winthrop and especially in the PESH department, it really became like a second home to me. I am so thankful for my professors and peers, that encouraged me, challenged me, and helped me grow into a young professional. After I graduate, a few days later I will begin a new journey at the Medical University of South Carolina where I will pursue my doctorate in occupational therapy. After, I plan to work with children that have special needs.”

    Gena Lucas - Mickey Taylor Award

    The Taylor Award was established in 2000 to honor Dr. Mickey Taylor for her lifelong commitment to the preparation of physical education teachers. Dr. Taylor provided leadership in teacher education at Winthrop and throughout South Carolina. This award recognizes a student for outstanding performance in a teaching internship.

    Gena said, “I began my career at WU in 2016 after graduating from Rock Hill High. I got into PE my sophomore year and have loved every moment of it. I joined a few different organizations in my time here such as the PEM Club and Tri Sigma Sorority where I held chair positions such as Chaplain. I just recently accepted a position to teach at Indian Land Middle School in the fall and I am so excited! I’m going to miss my WU family, but I know that I’m well prepared for the journey ahead of me.”

    Stephen Berry - PETE Major of the Year

    The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding major within the Physical Education Teacher Education program. The recipient shall have a quality GPA, demonstrate consistent service to school or community, and pursue a professional association membership.

    Stephen said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Winthrop thus far and am excited to see what my senior year has in store. After graduation, I hope to start teaching PE within a good school district and be a benefit to the lives of the students, peers, and supervisors around me.”

    Alexis Gandy - SPMA Major Award

    The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding major within the Sport Management program. The recipient shall have a quality GPA, demonstrate consistent service to school or community, and pursue a professional association membership.

    Alexis said, “One of the many reasons I chose to come to Winthrop was because it offered a Sport Management program. Along with this offer, other priorities for me like small class sizes and smaller campus size helped me decide that Winthrop was the best place for me. Throughout the program, I was given many opportunities to get experience outside of the classroom and I am very thankful for that because it really helped me figure out what I really wanted to do. Throughout my 3 1/2 years at Winthrop, I had the opportunity to work in all levels of sport from professional sport all the way down to recreational sport and many of these opportunities were presented to me through Winthrop's Sport Management Program. The professors knew me as a person and were always willing to help me with whatever I needed even if I wasn't taking their class.

    I am currently working as the Assistant Director of ROAR Sports here in Rock Hill, SC and pursuing my masters in Physical Education and Coaching through Charleston Southern University's online master’s program. I hope to one day become an Athletic Director for a Title 1 school as my heart grows to see high school sport programs succeed in all areas. I am thankful for Winthrop's program and how it helped me to grow my passion for sport. Go Eagles!”

    Dylan Patterson - SPMA Intern of the Year

    This award recognizes a student for outstanding performance in a sport management internship.

    Dylan said, “I am a senior, sports management major, and student-athlete at Winthrop University. As a member of the women’s soccer team where I serve as the captain. In addition, I also serve on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as the secretary, as well as the marketing and communications chair. I have worked as a marketing intern for the Winthrop athletics department, as well as the Big South Conference office. I am  also the Co-President of the Sport Management Association at Winthrop.

    While playing on the Philippines Women’s National Soccer team I was also a full-time student. My support system at Winthrop motivated a career in college athletics. After graduation in May, I hope to provide the same support and encouragement to student-athletes after me.”

    James White - Griffen SPFA Award

    This award was established in September 1994 by friends and students in honor of Dr. Mary Roland Griffin, professor emeritus, for her many years of devotion to preparing physical education students. This award is given each year to the outstanding graduate student in the Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration program.

    James said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Winthrop over the past 5 years. I am honored to have served in various leadership, academic, and extracurricular positions, including, but not limited to, Winthrop McNair Scholars Program, Winthrop McNair Advisory Board Student Representative, President of the Exercise Science Club, Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Peer Tutor at the Academic Success Center, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at the West Center, and Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, during undergrad although I am still involved in some of these organizations as a grad student. Additionally, I have enjoyed being a 1st-year Graduate Assistant in the PESH Department; so far, I have taught courses in Weight Training, Fitness Walking, and Intermediate Basketball, as well as worked closely with professors to facilitate student outcomes and learning. My future plans include pursuing a doctoral degree in a Kinesiology-related program, or working in the sport and fitness industry upon graduation from my master's. Currently, my career interests include being a professor and researcher in Exercise Science.”

Last Updated: 5/7/20