LakePoint, Ga. – In celebration of the 24th annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Day, the ASUN Conference is highlighting two student-athletes from all eight of its member institutions that could be described as "Unsung Heroes" for their programs.
The role of these student-athletes might not be as visible to fans on the field of competition, but their impact on the program and institution inspires & motivates their teammates in other ways. Selected by Lipscomb's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee were Jenny Phelan (Volleyball) and Chase Hampton (Cross Country / Track and Field).
Jenny Phelan, Volleyball
Phelan is a member of Lipscomb's Women’s Volleyball team from Chicago, Illinois. The junior majors in nursing with the Bisons and has dedicated many hours to her studies, her volunteer opportunities at Carter Lawrence Elementary with an after school program, and is an integral member of the volleyball team even though her statistics might not show it. The junior has been apart of back-to-back ASUN Championship winning teams on the court, but her impact is felt off the court and in the locker room as well.
“The greatest goon of them all. Jenny Phelan is a difference maker with her undying and joyful spirit." teammate Brittany Thomas said of Phelan. "Her passion, determination, and hard work with nursing and volleyball is stunning. She is extremely disciplined, and it has allowed her to excel in so many ways. Jenny has the ability to make anyone laugh, she has a caring heart, and I am so grateful that Lipscomb volleyball brought us together not only as teammates, but as friends.”
Associate Head Coach Billy Ebel added, “Jenny to me is the complete student athlete. She has this amazing ability to light up a room and she will also be the hardest working player in the gym. I am lucky that I get to coach a student athlete that can lead the way that Jenny can. Anyone who can balance nursing school, being a captain and volleyball successfully is a class act in my book."
Chase Hampton, Cross Country / Track and Field
Hampton is a member of the Men’s Track and Cross Country teams from Hilliard, Ohio. He is a sophomore majoring in education. He is an active leader with our campus’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has a passion to work with kids. Hampton is coming back from labrum surgery in his hip so he has been inhibited from making a strong impact on the track for both of his teams. The distance runner ran with the team last season, including a season-best time of 26:07.9 at the Greater Louisville Classic, but his impact on the squads can still be felt this year.
Teammate Austin Chitwood said, “Chase is a really good teammate and friend and always brings a fun and competitive spirit wherever he is. He cracks me up and I know that I can count on him to help me out whenever I need him to, and he never hesitates to make the choice that he thinks would benefit the most people around him.”
“Chase Hampton embodies the exact combination of character and work ethic we want in all of our athletes. After a great start to his freshman year, Chase needed surgery on his hip." said assistant coach Tim Muller added of Hampton. "He was patient and hard working during his recovery. His resilience paid off; he is already back to being one of our top guys. Chase, being a education major, is always concerned about others. He is great at seeing opportunities to help the people around him.”