Kirby Powers is a USF student athlete. She is on the track and field team and has achieved an overall GPA of 4.0, a remarkable feat alone, without having to squeeze in 20 hours a week of training and practice. She is set to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in management.
She has participated in the Selmon Mentoring Program, which develops student athletes professionally so that they may more easily transition from campus life to their chosen career fields. Powers says the program has boosted her networking and public-speaking skills. She has been on the dean’s list for the past four semesters.
She currently is an intern at Investors Title and Settlement Services, where she gains experience through communication with both banking and real estate officials. She also credits the experience with improving her writing skills. She is a member of the USF Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where she helps coordinate the Stampede of Champions, Athletes 4 Athletes and other community opportunities that involve athletes. She twice has been named to the All-Academic list of the American Athletic Conference.
She also volunteers with the Paralympic Sports Club of Tampa Bay. There, she takes part in coordinating various Paralympic sport activities including track and field, basketball, tennis and golf, which helps her more fully understand the struggles of these athletes.