Gallaudet University's Sabina Shysh Named 2018-19 NEAC Inspirational Award Recipient

Gallaudet University's Sabina Shysh Named 2018-19 NEAC Inspirational Award Recipient

LATHAM, N.Y. – As a student-athlete who has completely embraced the opportunities within Division III, Gallaudet University’s Sabina Shysh has been honored with the 2018-19 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Inspirational Award.

Each year, the NEAC honors student-athletes within the conference that have endured personal hardships leading to bravery or dedication in athletics through participation, volunteerism, coaching or administration. Shysh is the lone recipient of the NEAC Inspirational Award this year.

A native of Tucson, Ariz., Shysh is breaking barriers as one of only two student-athletes at Gallaudet who has excelled in academics while participating in four collegiate sports and balancing several extracurricular interests. Shysh, who was born profoundly deaf, is a member of the women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s track and field and softball teams while maintaining a 3.768 GPA. During the 2018-19 year, she was named to the NEAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Second Team and helped lead the Bison to the NEAC Final as the top seed from the South Division.

In addition to her efforts on the playing field and in the classroom, Shysh serves as the Gallaudet University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President and participates in a number of community outreach events on and off campus.

“Sabina represents what we strive to see in our student-athletes here at Gallaudet University,” shared Gallaudet Athletic Director Victor Mansure. “She is a true Division III student-athlete as she excelled in academics and participated in four collegiate sports. On top of that, Sabina balanced several extracurricular activities on campus. She is an exceptional human being and this award recognizes her academic success, athletic expertise and community service.”

Exhibiting a tireless work ethic, Sabina’s everyday goal is to be able to inspire younger adolescents with backgrounds that are similar to hers. She has pledged a commitment to her younger self to continue to help others who are deaf and hard of hearing and has begun preparing for her future as a Business Administration major.

“We are so proud of Sabina for being selected as this year’s NEAC Inspirational Award honoree,” added Gallaudet Softball Coach Justen Burns. “Sabina has fostered team spirit and supported her teammates to become successful on the field and in the classroom. She didn’t let “being different” get in anyone’s way.”

Shysh is the eighth Gallaudet student-athlete to be honored with one of the league’s special awards since the first selections following the 2006-07 academic year.

“Sabina has stretched the definition of what it means to be a Division III student-athlete beyond measure, all while overcoming her own personal challenge and taking time to help others,” said NEAC Interim Commissioner Stephanie Dutton. “She has been an outstanding student, a steadfast competitor and a student-athlete worth celebrating. We congratulate her on this tremendous honor and look forward to what she will undoubtedly continue to accomplish in the future.”


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: