Written by Edythe Bradley
Albany State University tennis player, Brittany White, has been selected to participate in the 2012 Auburn University Summer Bridge Program. White is the first ASU student-athlete and health, physical education and recreation major to join the program.
The Auburn Summer Bridge Program, which was founded in 1997, provides an intensive four-week academic-enrichment curriculum for minority students who are planning to major in physical sciences, life sciences and mathematics, or enroll in pre-professional programs in dentistry, engineering, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine.
White, who plans to attend medical school after her graduation in December, believes that her involvement in the program will enhance her opportunities.
“I am really excited about this opportunity. Being selected to participate in this program is a real honor, and I plan to take full advantage of this golden opportunity,” said White, who just concluded her senior season with the ASU tennis team. “It’s a different environment and a good learning experience for me. Hopefully, this will inspire other ASU student-athletes and HPER majors to participate in other prestigious programs such as this one.”
Dr. Richard Williams, interim ASU athletics director and HPER chair, shares White’s excitement for this opportunity.
“As the athletics director and chair of the HPER department, I am excited for Brittany on many levels in representing ASU as a HPER major and a student-athlete,” Dr. Williams said. “She not only achieves on the tennis court, but she also excels in the classroom, too. I know she will represent us well.”
In addition to being captain of the ASU tennis team, White, who maintains a 3.0+ grade-point average, has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years. During her senior year in SAAC, she served as the female representative. This year, she was named the ASU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the College of Education. White has also represented the HPER department at several conferences, including the Georgia Recreational Sports Association Conference, the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference and the Share the Wealth Conference.