Rashad Wisdom: Scholarship Recipient is Providing Safety on the Football Field and in Cyberspace

 

Safety of UTSA Roadrunners from the time he started playing at age six, Rashad Wisdom has been a huge football fan. He received 13 college scholarships as a high school student as a result of his athletic prowess from some of the best universities in the country, including Columbia University, Yale, Cornell, Boston College, and Tulane University.

He ultimately decided to accept the Roadrunner Athletics Fund’s full-ride UTSA Athletics Scholarship. Both the NCAA Division I athletic department and the top-ranked information systems and cybersecurity curriculum in the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business attracted Wisdom to the home of the Roadrunners.

“I’ve been interested in cybersecurity since I was just a young kid playing video games, and now it’s incredible that I can earn my degree and also play on a Division I football team in such a great city,” said Wisdom.

“My scholarship has been a blessing because it is letting me use my time to focus on everything at UTSA.”

As a safety for the Roadrunners Football team right now, Wisdom compares football to the game of chess, where the decisions he makes for his team must be tactical and all of the players must act quickly. Being a student-athlete can be challenging because it requires a lot of both mental and physical effort, in addition to the time required for studies.

“Just the stress of everyday life can be overwhelming; even just trying to afford a living and buying food. And then you add the physical and mental exhaustion of football and passing our classes and it piles up,” he said.

Wisdom devotes his time on university to studying, practicing, and participating in the extracurricular activities offered by Athletics. He is a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a part of SAAC, Wisdom gives student-athletes a voice on campus and unites participants from all UTSA sports to cheer one other on during competitions and activities. This fosters relationships between players and a feeling of teamwork among student-athletes.

Wisdom is appreciative of the financial assistance that makes his university involvement possible despite his packed schedule.

“My scholarship has been a blessing, because it is letting me use my time to focus on everything at UTSA—my school work, football and helping athletes support one another.,” he said. “ I don’t have to worry about trying to fit a job into my schedule, and that taking away from my education.”

Wisdom intends to fulfill his NFL goal after graduating in the summer of 2023. He intends to use his cybersecurity expertise to work as a penetration tester for a prominent firm when he has finished playing football. In this role, he will simulate cyberattacks on the company’s systems in order to find any potential security flaws.

“I hope the donors who support the Roadrunner Athletic Fund understand how big of a difference they are making for us. I don’t know if they truly do,” Wisdom said. “So many athletes wouldn’t be here without them.”

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