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Sherman Student Receives National Recognition

NOVEMBER 13, 2001 -  Some people are born trail blazers,
always focused on what could be. They are busy outsmarting the obstacles and setbacks that scare others into complacency, always asking "what if . . .?"

Eleventh-quarter student Jennifer Eames is such a person.

Despite her many and impressive accomplishments, it's immediately apparent that Eames's intense drive and impressive achievements stem from a desire to have an impact, and not from personal ambition or a need for personal recognition. Still, people notice and the recognition comes - most recently in the world of women's lacrosse.

A New England native, Eames migrated south when she landed a prestigious Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina. She graduated with a double major in psychology and sports sciences, and honors in creative writing. She was also a standout Division I soccer player at UNC at the same time she was laying the groundwork for her lacrosse club team to become a varsity sport within a year after she graduated.

During trips back home to Massachusetts, Eames began to learn about chiropractic from Sherman College alumna Alicia Crabbe, D.C., '80. The idea of helping the body function to its potential by maintaining it free of vertebral subluxation resonated with Eames and her ideas of human performance. When she explored Sherman College, she felt an immediate fit.

Once enrolled at Sherman College, Eames continued her interest in sports, serving as president of the Southeastern Women's Lacrosse League (SWLL). Despite her school work and a busy health center practice, Eames invests many hours each week working with athletes throughout the southeast (including those from local Clemson, University of South Carolina, Winthrop, and Furman Universities) to build the sport she loves.

In her "spare" time, she's an assistant soccer coach at nearby Wofford College. "One of the things I really enjoy about being active in athletics here is getting to know so many local college students, and having an opportunity to explain to them why I was drawn to chiropractic and to Sherman College," she says.

As the founding president of the SWLL and dynamic force behind its growth, Eames was honored this year with the group's highest award. The Sportsmanship Award, given each year to one player from throughout the region who most highly exemplifies the qualities of a strong and fair competitor, was recently named the Jennifer Eames Sportsmanship Award. "I was astounded when they named the award for me," Eames says. "It feels funny to have an enduring award named for you when you're still in your twenties. It certainly means a lot to me."

And the kudos keep coming. Eames has also just been named the youngest person to serve on the Board of Directors for U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport. The Board oversees lacrosse throughout the country, including selection of national teams, providing training for coaches and umpires, promoting and developing the sport and providing resources to build regional programs. Eames caught the eye of the national heavyweights in the sport based on her accomplishments in building women's lacrosse in the southeastern region.

In addition, she chaired a committee that developed criteria for the selection of All-American athletes in lacrosse at the college club level - no easy feat at a level in which teams do not necessarily compete nationally and comparison of player stats can mean looking at apples and oranges. Under her guidance, the group developed a comprehensive system for ranking the strength of programs in various regions of the country and then determining how many All-Americans could come from each region.

When she graduates next summer, Eames hopes to combine her love of athletics with her new role as a chiropractor, possibly serving as the staff chiropractor to college or professional athletes. "I love the synergy between chiropractic and athletics," she explains. "Both are about reaching new levels of performance and the amazing things that people can achieve."

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