Everyday Champion: Gymnast Shannon Kawada

April 7, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. - Intercollegiate athletics is about much more than wins and losses. The physical and mental training augment the classroom experience and teach life's lessons. Intercollegiate athletic scholarships provide an opportunity for students who otherwise might not seek higher education. And numerous studies have shown that student-athletes outperform "average" students and are more likely to become community, educational and business leaders. This is the second in a series of Titan athletics success stories.

Everyday Champion: Gymnast Shannon Kawada
Senior Shannon Kawada is from a one-parent family in Gardena and had to earn her way via gymnastics to a college scholarship. She was recruited by Coach Jill Hicks via the internet and was invited to "walk on" the Cal State Fullerton team only if she was able to advance her skill level. After a successful freshman season on three events, she earned a scholarship which enabled her to remain in college and continue toward fulfilling her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Click here to watch Shannon tell her story.

Soaring to New Heights: Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
Of all the current and former student-athletes at Cal State Fullerton, it can safely be said that no one has reached the heights of NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson. To see what she's been "up" to, click here. The former sprinter and long jumper from the early 1990s is currently serving her second stint in outer space as part of Expedition 23 on the international space station. You can read her official NASA bio by clicking here.

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