During NCAA Division III Week (April 7-13), UW-Eau Claire Athletics is posting spotlights from select Blugolds each day throughout the week. Today's post features Courtney Lewis, who competes in women's basketball.
Name: Courtney Lewis
Hometown/High School: Prairie du Chien, Wis./Prairie du Chien
Sport: Women's Basketball
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I chose to be a Division III student-athlete because of everything UW-Eau Claire had to offer. When I made my first campus visit here I was sold right away on the school environment, community, facilities, and the women's basketball program. From my perspective UW-Eau Claire is more like being at a small Division I school.
What do you like most about competing in the WIAC?
I love the competition of the WIAC and I love the environment at the games. I also really like that all my basketball games are close enough for my family to come watch me play.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
The greatest lesson that I've learned from being a student-athlete is you should always strive for more. Never be satisfied and always look to better yourself, you can usually do more than you give yourself credit for.
Who has been the most influential person in your athletic career?
I can't just pick one person because both my mom and my dad have been very influential in my athletic career. They have supported me ever since I picked up my first basketball and have been there for me with advice and words of encouragement.
If you have been involved in community service projects, which project has been the most rewarding and why?
The team always puts on a basketball clinic called Blugold Buddies for younger girls in the community. It is rewarding to teach younger girls a game that I love along with life lessons, and see in return how much they love it too and are willing to learn.
If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what one question would you ask them?
Kevin Love and will you marry me?
What is your greatest sports moment?
Beating UW-Stevens Point in Zorn Arena my freshman year in college to become co-conference champs.
What is/are your favorite TV shows?
Grey's Anatomy, Nashville, Vampire Diaries
What is/are your favorite foods?
Lasagna, mushrooms, ice cream
If you could live any place in the world, where would it be?
What does your "bucket list" include?
Skydiving, walk the Great Wall of China, go in a submarine, ride an elephant
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
How would your teammates describe you?
An introvert at times, sarcastic, motivated, organized, funny
Do you have any pre-game/pre-event rituals? If so, what are they?
I always straighten my hair before every game and wear the same kind of socks.
What is your dream job?