Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Kevin Stipe
College: Davidson College
Height, weight, class, position: 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, junior, cornerback
High School: Wesleyan HS in Alpharetta, Georgia
About Stipe: After appearing in six games as a true freshman in 2016 where he made a dozen tackles and recorded his first collegiate interception, Stipe missed most of last season when he suffered an injury after appearing in two games. … Co-founder and leader of the Davidson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, Stipe has served as an inspirational leader in getting the Wildcats chapter up and running to serve the Rare Disease Community. … This season he has appeared in four games while coming back from injury and has recorded three tackles. … Named to the 2017 Pioneer Football League (PFL) Academic Honor Roll in 2017.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Stipe: My most memorable experience as a college football player was when I started my first game Freshmen year. My entire family was there for the game to support me.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
Stipe: I heard about the organization from one of my good friends and teammates, who had heard about it from some of his high school friends. When I learned what the organization was about, I immediately wanted to be a part. I loved the idea of using the platform we have as athletes to promote such a good cause that a lot of people don’t know about.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
Stipe: First and foremost, I have learned how important it is to take the time to give back to others in need. Whether this is holding events to raise money for those in the rare disease community that need our support, or simply visiting children’s hospitals to brighten someone’s day, spending time giving back to others is extremely important. I have also learned how to be a more effective leader and how to communicate more effectively. I have learned so many skills and valuable lessons from my experiences with Uplifting Athletes.
.As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Stipe: My favorite part of a home game day is having more down time to mentally and physically prepare for the game.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Stipe: Cam Newton because of his style of play and the way he has fun playing the game he loves.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Stipe: Probably one of my grandparents that I didn’t get to spend much time with. I would love to ask them about all their experiences and stories I have heard over the years.
What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?
Stipe: Western Carolina because of the enormous band and crazy atmosphere.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
What is your perfect pizza?
Stipe: BBQ Chicken
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
Stipe: In My Feelings- Drake; Sicko Mode- Travis Scott and Hopeless Romantic- Wiz Khalifa
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
Stipe: Atlanta Braves
What is the most used app on your phone?
No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?
Stipe: Work in the Financial Industry in Atlanta, close to my family