Track & Field/Cross Country

Q&A with UTSA Track & Field's Dennis Phillips

Get to know UTSA track & field student-athlete Dennis Phillips in this Q&A.

Q: Why did you choose UTSA? 

Dennis Phillips: "I chose UTSA because of the opportunities that were presented to me. There are many qualities that UTSA academics and athletics have to offer, and all of those qualities have helped me grow as a man."

Q: What do you like most about being a student-athlete at UTSA?

Dennis Phillips: "What I like most about being a UTSA student-athlete is having the benefit of building relationships and making connections with people through athletics."

Q: How did you first get involved in track & field? 

Dennis Phillips: "I first got involved playing my sport when I was 9. My parents thought I should try out track because I was always running around, whether it was in school or on a football field."

Q: What are you majoring in and what do you hope to do following your athletic career?

Dennis Phillips: "I am currently majoring in kinesiology, and after I finish my athletic career, I will pursue a career in physical therapy. I appreciate the rehab setting I am in right now as an athlete, and I want to give patients who are in rehab the same benefits I’ve received mentally and physically."

Q: What is an interesting fact about you that most people might not know?

Dennis Phillips: "An interesting fact about me that most people may not know is I love stars and stargazing. I’d honestly love to explore deep space and the wonders of God’s creation."

Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life?

Dennis Phillips: "Many people have influenced me in my life not just one individual person, so the most influential people in my life have been my parents. They have excelled through hardships in many different areas. My mom has shown me that I can pursue anything I desire, no matter my skin color. My dad has shown me how to be a good man and not compromise my morals and values regardless of what the world says."

Q: Who is your sports hero or role model? 

Dennis Phillips: "Although there’s a lot of great people and talented athletes who inspire me, my biggest hero is Jesus Christ. He’s the reason I am able to do what I love, he gives me the strength to run and perform to the best of my ability. He’s the ultimate role model that gives me the confidence to be a great athlete and an even greater man of God."


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