By: Maya Ramsey
Former Tennessee State University men’s track and field student-athlete, Osafa Hippolyte, reached several heights as an undergrad and is using that same ambition to follow his achievements in the United States Army.
Hippolyte is no stranger to stepping outside of his comfort zone. In 2007, he had to do just that when he and his family relocated from St. Lucia to Nashville, Tennessee. He used the transition to his advantage and became quite the athlete. He got involved in kick-boxing and became a member of the track and field team at Hunters Lane High School. His athletics as well as academics later led him to a scholarship at Tennessee State University.
Hippolyte began his collegiate career as a Flying Tiger in 2011. While at TSU Hippolyte became one of the top sprinters on the team and the Ohio Valley Conference by the time he was a sophomore.
Despite his collegiate success, Hippolyte decided to hang up his spikes in 2015 before graduating from TSU with a Bachelors in Human Performance Sports Science. Since then he has taken his career to new heights.
In August 2015, Hippolyte enlisted into the United States Army. He completedd basic training in South Carolina following AIT training at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA. Hippolyte graduated from Fort Gordon and was later stationed in Germany where he is currently serving as a specialist. It was no question that Hippolyte’s transition was a challenge however he adjusted very well.
“Whoever said progress was a slow process wasn’t talking about me,” commented Hippolyte. “Trusting the process isn’t always easy, but it makes you appreciate the experiences you encounter even more. Praises to the most high for even allowing me to make it this far.”
Hippolyte admits that enlisting into the Army was not easy; being away from his family and friends was tough.
“A year ago today, I made the decision to be a part of something bigger than myself, and I must say I have no regrets. Hooah!”
Hippolyte will continue to serve in Germany for the next two years.