March 10, 2010
Britany Williams cannot recall a time when her life did not revolve around multiple pursuits, no matter the demands on her time.
She excelled in the classroom to earn admission to Rice, graduating Cum Laude from Saint Mary's Hall, a college preparatory school in San Antonio, while also competing in soccer, track and cross country and finding the time to also serve on the student government and the National Honor Society.
With her admission to Rice already in hand, Williams thought that her competitive athletic career had ended with her graduation from Saint Mary's Hall.
"I really didn't consider myself a college-type athlete," Williams said. "I had done well in high school, but that was competing at the prep school level, so I wasn't sure how that measured up. When I decided to give it a try, my parents were very supportive. They have always backed me up, even if I wasn't totally sure what I was getting into," Williams noted.
As she face the dual challenges of academics and athletics, Williams fell back on the same skills that had allowed her to balance so many activities while in high school. "I make a schedule and stick to it. It takes planning ahead, and you have to make sacrifices. I think sometimes people don't understand the demands on athletes. They might say that a practice is only two hours out of your day, but they don't understand that is a small part of it. But, at the same time, being an athlete is not a good excuse to fall behind."
Williams came to Rice with an interest in becoming a psychologist, but her continued participation in athletics, as well as expanding her area of study to include a second major in Sport Management, has altered her career path.
"When I worked for Under Armor last summer on some of their community programs, I saw that athletics can be a powerful force in helping people," she noted. "I want to help people become better athletically, but also define success as personal improvement, and not gold medals.
"When I was in high school, I volunteered at a mental hospital rehabilitation facility and that really opened my eyes for the first time to people who were less fortunate. In my internships during my time at Rice, I have seen the impact that sports can have on people and inspire them. I want to do what I can to combine my interests in sports and psychology to use athletics to give people the feeling of achievement."
Williams has continued to meet her criteria each year she has competed for Rice and in what may turn out to be her final indoor race, she capped that improvement by posting her personal-best time in the indoor mile, a time that ranked as the top indoor performance this year in Conference USA.
With a definition of success rooted in a desire to inspire others, both in athletics and academics, Britany Williams is one of Tomorrow's Leaders.
Golf Tied for Eighth-Place after One Round at C...
04/23/2017 - M. Golf - Rice shot an 11-over par 299 to sit in an eighth-place tie after the opening round of the Conference USA Championship, played at the par-72, 6,969-...
Wayne Graham Radio Show Returns Monday Night
04/24/2017 - Baseball - The weekly Rice baseball radio show featuring the Owls' legendary head coach Wayne Graham returns Monday (April 24) at 7 pm. This is the fifth show...
Owls Get Offensive To Complete Series Sweep
04/22/2017 - Baseball - The Rice baseball team got offensive Saturday, combining for 23 runs on 27 hits including three home runs, to take both games of a Conference USA...
Warren Aces Semifinal Test
04/22/2017 - M. Tennis - David Warren blasted a pair service aces to thwart a Middle Tennessee rally and send the Rice men’s tennis team back to a third consecutive...
Owls Earn Sixth Consecutive C-USA Final Berth
04/22/2017 - W. Tennis - Lindsey Hodge downed her second straight nationally-ranked opponent as the Rice women’s tennis team earned a trip to a sixth consecutive...
Jackson Breaks 200m School Record
04/23/2017 - W. Track - Rice redshirt freshman Hannah Jackson established a new Rice record in the 200m dash to highlight an all-around solid day for the Owls at Saturday&...
Golf Readies for Conference USA Championship
04/22/2017 - M. Golf - Coming off a victory at the Jim West Intercollegiate, Rice looks to take its strong play into the Conference USA Championship, played Sunday-Wedne...
Owls Shine in Throws at J. Fred Duckett Twilight
04/23/2017 - M. Track - The Rice Owls men’s track & field team won four events and performed extraordinarily well in the throwing events Saturday at the 14th annual ...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store