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Name: Taylor Calvert
Residence: Shertz, Texas

Taylor Calvert 4

For finance graduate Taylor Calvert '15, visiting the country of Haiti, which was devastated by a 2010 earthquake, with five fellow Winthrop Eagles basketball players in 2014 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.

Calvert, 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.

Calvert currently works as a data entry specialist at The Center for Health Care Services.

Last updated  6/8/16

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