GWU Athlete: ‘I Always had a Large Community in my Corner’

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Heather Feldman (’15) Ready to Pursue Career in Music Industry

Community support propelled Heather Feldman (’15) as she pursued excellence in the music department and on the volleyball court during her baccalaureate career at Gardner-Webb. A GWU Senior Scholastic Award recipient, she also ranks 11th all time in the Big South in career volleyball assists.

“I always had a large community in my corner, both on campus and off campus, pushing me to do the best I could in the classroom and on the court,” she said. “My coaches and teammates gave me a family away from home. And the music department faculty and staff were unbelievably accommodating to my hectic athletic schedule.”

Feldman posted a perfect 4.0 career GPA at Gardner-Webb and received the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award, which is named for a conference co-founder and annually honors the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA) in their sports.

As she seeks a job in the music industry with a dream to perform on Broadway, she hopes that her success will encourage other student-athletes to work hard in the classroom as well.

“It means a lot that the Big South Conference places a lot of value into not only an athlete’s accomplishments in sports but also in the classroom,” Feldman expressed. “I learned many lessons at Gardner-Webb, like perseverance and loyalty, and I am honored and excited to be taking the Gardner-Webb name out into the world.”

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).