Athlete Testimonials

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

Tobi Fawehinmi UT-Arlington // Para track & field

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

"With an amazing history of winning on and off the track, Texas-Arlington was very close to home for me. Being only 15-20 minutes up the road from my high school, I wanted to be in an environment that felt like home. I had a team and school that I could call my family. From the other student-athletes to the coaching staff and teachers, every single individual made me feel comfortable in my own skin."

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

"Being able to compete at the collegiate level gave me the opportunity to stretch myself beyond imagination. It gave me the chance to compete with amazing ‘able-bodied’ athletes and allowed me to never give myself limits. This prepared me mentally to compete on many different stages."

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

"College gives you a different outlook on life! They say experience is the best teacher so you definitely have to dive in head first. College allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and prepare me more for this thing we call life! There are so many different people, clubs and organizations that you can meet and join that can help you in the long run. Having the opportunity to expand my education as well as gaining life-long friends was a major part of my college experience."