Degree: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports with a minor in Holistic Health
Graduation Date: May 2016
High School/Hometown: Howell High School, Howell, NJ
Clubs/Activities: Captain, Women’s Cross Country; Captain, Women’s Track and Field
When Jamie Gabrielle Hand ’16 first visited Georgian Court University as a prospective student, she never imagined the impact the university would have on her.
As a current senior pursuing a B.A. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports, Jamie was first introduced to GCU while being recruited for both the women’s cross country and track and field teams, and after learning about GCU’s exercise science program, knew it was the right school for her.
“During my four years at GCU, I have learned a lot about myself and what I can handle. Being a full-time student-athlete has taught me the true meaning of hard work and discipline, which will help me succeed in the future.”
Now she is finishing her final season as the captain of both teams and current university record holder in the 4×800 meter relay, as well as an individual Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Champion in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase and member of the three-time CACC Champion track and field team. And she has found a way to turn her passion for athletics and exercise science into a career helping future athletes.
For Jamie, however, helping others has always been a top priority.
When her teammate Antoinette Butler was injured in a car accident last December, Jamie immediately wanted to help.
After the team had set up a GoFundMe account to help Antoinette’s family cover the cost of her medical bills, Jamie personally reached out to every track coach in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) to share Antoinette’s story and ask for donations.
“I stayed at GCU because of the family I made on the team,” Jamie notes. “So it was awesome to see rival schools donating to our teammate and helping out.
After graduation, Jamie will continue her education at Seton Hall University, where she will pursue an M.S. in Athletic Training with the intention of becoming a full-time athletic trainer for a college or professional sports team.
“I enjoy helping athletes overcome injuries,” says Jamie, “and I have no doubt that the skills I learned here at GCU will help me succeed in doing that in the future.”
Story contributed by Alexandria J. Graziosi ’15, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English