Athlete Testimonials

Learn firsthand how Team USA athletes have grown and developed through our country’s college sports system.

Monica Sereda Kansas // Para-cycling

Why did you choose your college, and what did you like most about being a student-athlete there?

"I chose University of Kansas because it was an exceptional school for sports management. I enjoyed being a student-athlete because we had the opportunity to get classes before others, as well as the rigorous group study schedule after practice."

How did competing collegiately help prepare you for competing on Team USA?

"The rigid schedule for both sport and academics made it easy transition for me into the U.S. Army."

How did (or will) going to college prepare you for life?

"College helped me prepare for my military career, as well as working within the civilian sector after retirement. I was able to juggle my workouts along with civilian employment. Since 2014, I have retired completely, and focus solely on training. Being a former collegiate athlete and retired Army soldier has enabled me to treat my training as a job, keeping to a rigorous schedule of riding, lifting and recovery."