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Courtesy: SWAC.org

SAAC Spotlight: MVSU's Eric Chism

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 07/03/2016
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – This week’s Southwestern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Spotlight features Mississippi Valley State men’s track and field athlete, Eric Chism.

The incoming senior from Jackson, Tennessee completed the below interview:

a. What is your major/minor?
HPER Physical Education (Non-Teaching)

b. How does it feel to be away from home/family?
It’s ok, given the fact that it helps me grow smarter and wiser as an individual.

c. How many siblings do you have?
I have a sister and brother, and I am the youngest.

d. What is it about the SWAC that interests you?
It is the most underrated DI conference in sports. It has the potential to be the true underdog.

e. How has attending MVSU helped to develop you as a person and as a player?
It taught me to be patient, and realize that whatever sport I do is a business.

f. Who is your biggest influence in sports, and why?
I would have to say Muhammad Ali, because he was not just good in boxing, but good for standing up and defending what was right.

g. Who in pro sports do you pattern your game after, and why?
I pattern my quickness from Trayvon Bromell, my finish and happiness like Usain Bolt, my mind like Muhammad Ali, my competiveness like Kobe Bryant and my heart like Bruce Lee.

h. What philosophy do you live by, as an athlete?
I live by Humanism, because it helps individuals realize their full potential.

i. How do you determine or evaluate success?
By observing the efficient results and progress of an individual.

j. What do you have planned after you earn your undergraduate degree? What are your academic goals?
I plan on being a coach for a summer team for young individuals - my own program to keep the community active. My academic goal is to have a 4.0 GPA again, but only when I graduate so I can go out with a perfect score.

k. How would you summarize your experience with the SWAC?
Right now I am enjoying it, because this is my last ride as a SWAC athlete and to take in the positive atmosphere. The experience is still great, because I meet new people at every track meet and we are cool, even if we are on a different team.

l. What lessons learned during your time in the SWAC will you take with you into the future?
Learning how to be patient, listen more and talk less and live in the moment.

m. What plans do you have for the summer – internship, sports, jobs, volunteering, etc.?
Work part time at Fed Ex, try to make it professional in track, and finish my praxis to become a coach in school.


In which city where the SWAC doesn't currently hold a championship, would you like to see a conference championship held?
Shreveport, La.
Dallas, TX
Atlanta, Ga.
Little Rock, Ark.
Memphis, Tenn.
Gulf Shores, Ala.
Mobile, Ala.
Nashville, Tenn.