From Carmel, Indiana, Shelby Foyer is a former student-athlete for the UCF Volleyball team. After earning her scholarship, Foyer graduated in three years. When asked what being a walk-on is all about she said, “You know those cool walk-on to scholarship videos that go viral on social media? That was me, but right on the cusp of athletic departments really leveraging social media so I didn’t get a cool video for the memories. But that memory is still one of the clearest memories I have."
"After years of flying under the radar, it’s invigorating to have someone else validate and recognize what you have known about yourself all along - your abilities, work, leadership and perseverance."
Foyer believes that the following traits link all walk-ons together, "like we are a different breed altogether." She describes it as a "quiet confidence, a tireless workhorse, and a passionate supporter."
Being a walk-on taught Foyer the following lessons: 1) How to believe in herself when it doesn’t always feel like someone is in her corner. (Jeremiah 17:7) 2) Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. (Colossians 3:23) 3) Laying pride aside and supporting teammates through their victories. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
"I believe our stories are no accident and am confident that the Lord knew what he was doing when he crafted every part of my story. I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s lead me right where I am today!”
Today, Shelby is the Associate Marketing Manager for Mizuno Volleyball where she oversees Marketing, Sponsorships, Promotions, and Events for Mizuno Volleyball in the US.
Let being an athlete enhance you, not define you.