Thornton Center
Student-Athlete Development
07 / 22
Summer Happenings II
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Members of the UT Football team partnered with the Knox County Public Defenders Office on their Football Day, to speak to the youth about the importance of working together to achieve a goal. In addition, the UT student-athletes also encouraged the youth as they competed in various exercises and drills in front of family and friends.

Sophomore Quay Picou and Freshman Daniel Bituli work together to answer questions from the youth.

Sophomore Quay Picou, and Freshmen Daniel Bituli and Ja’Quain Blakely, work together to answer questions from the youth.

UT student-athletes enjoyed a evening of fun with children from the local community.

UT student-athletes enjoyed a evening of fun with children from the local community.

06 / 17
Summer Happenings I
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Many UT student-athletes are spending their summers on Rocky Top engaging in courses, training, professional development, and, of course, community service. Below are pictures and descriptions from two recent outings:

The UT volleyball team spent time at Food City’s annual “Kids Day” on Saturday, June 11th.

Jack Schipanski, Lenysse Dyer, and Cidaea Woods all shared their experiences as UT student-athletes with students at Pride & Joy Children’s Academy at their annual “UT Athletics Day” on June 14th. 

Stay tuned to UTVolife for updates on student-athlete happenings during the summer months and beyond!

05 / 13
Congratulations, Spring Graduates!
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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville held its 2016 Spring Commencement from Thursday, May 12th. to Saturday, May 14th. In total, 70 student-athletes were recognized for their hard work, perseverance, and fulfillment of degree requirements. The Thornton Center and Student-Athlete Development Department thanks these outstanding graduates for everything they’ve contributed to their respective teams, classrooms, and the Department of Athletics during their careers. Below is a video recap of the Student-Athlete Graduation Reception as well as a list of the Spring 2016 graduates.


Please see below for a list of Spring 2016 graduates.

KNOXVILLE, TN - 2016.05.02 Graduate photo

Chelsea Blaase
Lindsey Bowman
Felicia Brown
George Bullock
Amanda Carner
Antonio Carter
Andy Cox
Grant Daugherty
Anna Demonte
Caroline Duer
Alex Ellis
Susan Ferguson
Caroline Finkbeiner
Erin Gabriel
Rainey Gaffin
Erin Gibbemeyer
Bashaara Graves
Mary Griffith
Madison Hahn
Chris Hall
Hunter Harrison
Megan Hatcher
Vincent Jackson
Faith Johnson
Steven Kane
Kyler Kerbyson
Heather Kiger
Katie King
Derek Lance
Sean Lehane
Gustav Aberg Lejdstrom
Samantha Lera
LaTroy Lewis
Jack Little
Harper Lucas
Chad Merzbacher
Nikole Metz
Ben Miller
Armani Moore
Nia Moore
Lexi Overstreet
David Priddy
Jared Pruett
Kevin Punter
Kyle Quinn
Derek Reese
Mauricio Robles
Chris Sadsad
Gabby Santorio
Tyler Schultz
Morgan Suffridge
Tiffany Tavares
Cherelle Thompson
Allison Toth
Chris Weatherd
Cassie Wertman
Rachel Whitaker
Austin Whitelaw
Owen Williams
Tim Wylie
05 / 02
SEC Community Service Teams – Men’s and Women’s Tennis
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For their efforts off the courts and in the community, juniors Sunay Bhat and Ashlee Boles were named to SEC Community Service teams for Men’s and Women’s Tennis. The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams in all 21 sports. The award looks to highlight athletes from the SEC who give back to their community in superior service efforts.

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Bhat, a Knoxville native, has spent time volunteering at Beardsley Community Farm and Dogwood Elementary and also represents the Men’s Tennis team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Boles participates in the Goals for Girls a youth mentorship program and also volunteers at the Central Veterinary hospital.

04 / 22
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KNOXVILLE, TN - 2016.04.18 2016 Volscars

VFL Film’s Maddy Glab hosted the 2016 Volscars Awards Show

The 10th annual Volscars Awards Show, coordinated by UT’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, recognized student-athlete achievement during the Spring 2015 to Winter 2016 seasons. Held at the Knoxville Convention Center and hosted by Maddy Glab, the Volscars awards incredible efforts by UT student-athletes on the field of play and in the community. This year’s event also recognized 2016 spring, summer, and fall graduates through a special sash ceremony. This year’s winners were:

Inspiration Award: Bailey Wind, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Mr. Tennessee: Cameron Brown, Men’s Track and Field

Miss Tennessee: Andraya Carter, Women’s Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year: Mauricio Robles, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Female Athlete of the Year: Felicia Brown, Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Admiral Schofield, Men’s Basketball

Women’s Co-Rookies of the Year: Madeline Banic, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Women’s Co-Rookies of the Year: Meghan Gregg, Softball

Best Male Supporting Role: Sunay Bhat, Men’s Tennis

Best Female Supporting Role: Ashlee Boles, Women’s Tennis

Comeback of the Year: Football vs. Georgia