Commitment to Personal Development ensures that each student-athlete participating in Vanderbilt Athletics will be provided with opportunities to focus on personal growth issues such as defining values, setting goals, and learning fiscal responsibility. Each component will be focused toward developing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Each first-year student-athlete will engage in a resource opportunity to understand what resources and information is available to them. Over the course of their time as Vanderbilt Student-Athletes they will engage with resources such as:
Vanderbilt Athletics approaches the student-athlete experience wholistically which necessitates collaboration between the different departments that make up our athletic department. Vanderbilt student-athlete development staff work closely in programming efforts with Mental Health and Performance, Nutrition, and Student Services teams.
The mission of the Project Safe Center is to provide information, support, referrals, and education about sexual and intimate partner violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), as well as consent, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality to the Vanderbilt University community. Project Safe holds weekly office hours in McGugin as a resource for staff and student-athletes. 24-Hour Crisis/Support Hotline: (615) 322-7233 (SAFE).
Vanderbilt student-athletes can access a platform where they can anonymously share feedback with administrators on issues impacting their student-athlete experience. Feedback may range from positive shout outs about people or aspects benefitting your experience, as well as compliance issues, gambling, hazing, drugs/alcohol, discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, health/wellness issues, and locker room maintenance.
I Am More Than
Sam DeFabrizio, Vanderbilt Men’s Cross Country Alum (2017) stated, ““It starts with asking, what do I do outside of my sport, and what do I care about?” DeFabrizio said. “So many of us define ourselves by being passionate about our sport, but ultimately it’s important to get away from that, too. Many student-athletes do amazing things at Vanderbilt athletics, from a focus on service to artists to people who are passionate about their country. It’s good to celebrate those who do things outside of their sport.”
DeFabrizio and many VU athletes understand themselves as more than a student-athlete. At a highly competitive institution, it is unsurprising that Vanderbilt student-athletes often are known for their academic accolades. And at a Division 1, SEC premier college, athletic pursuits are forefront in the college journey. The “I am More…” campaign highlights student-athletes’ array of accomplishments in addition to their respective sports.
Events & Workshops
Nashville Cultural Experience
We are lucky enough to partner with amazing community partners to host a day of immersion for student-athletes each summer. This experience allows student-athletes to see Nashville outside of the lens of the college-bubble and dive into the good work that is happening all around them when they move here. Interested in being a part of the Nashville Cultural Experience? Contact Student-Athlete Development here.
Senior Student-Athlete Workshop Series
Senior student-athletes have the opportunity to take advantage of their resources and time before they graduate to solidify networking experiences, job planning, budgeting, and other key topical areas to create a successful journey post grad.
Golden Dores is an annual tradition where student-athletes gather to celebrate each others’ achievements, both on and off the field.
Commodores of the Year
Awarded to a graduating senior student-athletes who best represents their team, the student-athlete body, and the campus community.
2022-23 Golden Dores Award Winners
Female Newcomer of the Year:
Hannah McLaughlin, women’s soccer
Male Newcomer of the Year:
Ezra Manjon, men’s basketball
Female Comeback Player of the Year:
Anna Ross, women’s tennis
Male Comeback Player of the Year:
Liam Robbins, men’s basketball
Female Player of the Year:
Anessa Lee, women’s tennis
Male Player of the Year:
Gordon Sargent, men’s golf
Godfrey Dillard Award:
De’Rickey Wright, football
James A. Robins Award:
Mabel Cummins, bowling
Dr. Jerry Reves Award:
Max Beck, men’s cross country
Social Impact Award:
Kaira Brown, track & field
Perry Wallace Award:
Vanderbilt Athlete Ally
Play of the Year:
The buzzer beater shot with Vanderbilt men’s basketball against Tennessee (Tyrin Lawrence)
Taylor Ward, swimming
Quentin Millora-Brown, men’s basketball
Staff Appreciation Award: