Tre Tipton recepient of Athletic Achievement Award
PITTSBURGH—Pitt wide receiver Tre Tipton has been named a recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award annually presented by the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A).
The N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award honors student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.
N4A is a diverse educational service and professional non-profit organization comprised of academic support and student services personnel who are committed to enhancing student-athlete opportunities for academic, athletic and personal success.
Overcoming an array of injuries and subsequent battle with depression, Tipton (Apollo, Pa./Apollo-Ridge) graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in communication and is now pursuing graduate studies in Pitt’s School of Social Work.
Inspired by his own challenges, he founded L.O.V.E. (Living Out Victoriously Everyday), a program that helps “empower, provide hope and build a community for collegiate student-athletes who are dealing with mental, emotional, and physical struggles” through fellowship and access to professional help.
His commitment to others was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) when he was named to the organization’s Good Works Team. He additionally is a past recipient of the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award.
As a “super senior,” Tipton’s return for the 2021 season provides the Panthers with a major asset at wide receiver. With 39 career games under his belt, he will be a leader on and off the field for Pitt.
“I am extremely blessed and thankful to receive such a prestigious award in honor of the great Wilma Rudolph,” Tipton said. “My story is about how my life has changed over time. I hope that my story can help change the perspectives of people in their own lives. Adversity is a comma in the sentence of life, not a period.”
“Tre has never allowed adversity, on or off the field, to get in the way of his high aspirations,” CoachPat Narduzzi said. “His strength, courage and perseverance are an inspiration to our entire program. We are all incredibly proud of this recognition for Tre and know that he has even more great achievements in store for the future.”
For more on Tipton’s personal journey, please watch this video.
(Story And Information courtesy of Pitt Athletics)
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