26, 2018 -- For many students, sports provide a healthy outlet from
rigorous coursework. For others, athletics provide the tools to become better problem
solvers, communicators and confident leaders. Meet three Logan University
students who are using their passion for sports to their advantage and turning
skills acquired in the gym, on the court or on the track to help others lead a
healthy, active lifestyle.
For Trimester 9 student Cami Cleaveland, boxing began
as a tool to strengthen her leg muscles after a soccer injury in college left
her unable to run. She quickly realized boxing’s physical benefits as well as
the emotional benefit of relieving the frustration of not being able to play
Six months later, she was hooked and began training to
become an instructor. Today, Cami divides her time between earning her Doctor
of Chiropractic degree and serving as a boxing and kickboxing instructor at
Title Boxing Club in Ballwin, just a few miles from Logan’s campus.
“I have developed great interpersonal skills from being
an instructor and from my time at Logan,” she said, adding that her two
pursuits have complemented each other in the name of leadership. “I look
forward to using those skills after graduation to encourage people to live a
Alex Midkiff’s curiosity about chiropractic led him to
Logan. Now, as a Trimester 4 student, he’s not only learning how to care for
others, but he’s also applying that knowledge to help care for his own body
while playing physically demanding sports.
“Before, I knew the basics of stretching and preparing
my body to play,” he said. “Now, I am so much more aware and mindful, and I
have more in-depth knowledge about how to train and prepare.”
When Alex is not studying to be a Doctor of
Chiropractic, he can be found on the racquetball court —a
sport he’s played since he was just 5 years old. His mother, a collegiate
racquetball player, first encouraged him to learn the rules of the game since
the sport was close to her heart. Although Alex began playing when he was very
young, it wasn’t until college that he began to seriously focus of the
competitive aspect of racquetball. His most memorable accomplishment is winning
the Men’s Singles Open division at the Mizzou Fall Shootout Racquetball
Tournament in fall 2017.
Alex recently competed in the 2018 National
Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship held in March in Minneapolis, where he
finished ninth. He is currently ranked third for men’s singles in Missouri.
“Racquetball has been a great outlet for me to help manage
the stresses of school,” says Alex. “School always comes first, but whether I
need a break or to burn off some energy, playing racquetball helps me live a
June 23, 2007 is a date Trimester 6 student Garrett
Panno will never forget. It was the day he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Despite his diagnosis coming with struggles, Garrett
has never let diabetes define him. Instead, he uses it as motivation for
changing how the world views people with diabetes, having completed his first
marathon with his sights on a second.
The turning point was October 2016. Garrett went for an
early morning run, and without his glasses or phone, he got lost. “I ran six
and a half miles, which was the farthest I had ever run,” Garrett said. “It was
the day I first realized I could really push myself and my limits.” One year
later, he finished running his first marathon for the American Diabetes
Association and raised more than $1,800 for the organization. Through training
and completing this marathon, Garrett gained a better understanding of blood
sugar control and improving his long-term blood sugar levels.
From running and living a healthy lifestyle to studying
chiropractic, everything Garrett is doing now serves to help prepare him for
his future plan of opening a diabetes-centered and functional medicine-based
clinic. “I don’t like the term chiropractic ‘practice.’ It shouldn’t be
‘practice’ when you’re working with a patient,” he said. “School is the time
for practicing and learning … but helping patients, that’s game day.”