Helping Others Succeed
Three-time All-American using fifth year to focus on future
Sarah Vicory found time to focus on two career paths at Washburn when she wasn’t playing volleyball. The senior from Topeka coached club volleyball teams and worked part time as a physical therapy assistant.
Those things let her help others achieve their goals – something important to Vicory in her future career. With her volleyball eligibility used up, she’ll spend next year deciding which of those paths is right for her after she graduates.
After finishing a volleyball career that saw her named a three- time All-American and Washburn’s female student-athlete of the year last season, Vicory will help on the Washburn bench this fall as a student assistant coach. Her three years coaching club teams inspired her to help others.
“I like being able to help girls achieve the goals I had when I was younger,” she said. “I want them all to think they can be All-Americans.”
As a physical therapy assistant, she also helps people reach goals, just like the therapists who guided her back from injuries as she worked to become a college athlete.
“Whether it's being able to do their daily activities, live with less pain, or run a marathon, I just want to help people.”
Vicory’s scholarships give her the financial freedom to focus on volleyball while having educational experiences that identify her passions. She thanks donors who made that possible.
“Growing up, I always wanted to help my parents as much as I could with school so they wouldn’t have to worry about it,” she said. “Those first athletic scholarships were a huge help and quite an honor. We don’t always know who the donors are, so we can’t thank them face to face. But we all appreciate them more than we can describe.”
Though she was a three-time state champion and two-time all-city player at Washburn Rural High School, she never dreamed she would have the success she did at Washburn.
“You grow up dreaming of all these things. I always wanted to be an All-American but I never thought I’d get it once, let alone three times. When I got female athlete of the year, I was shocked. My parents were shocked. It was a good way to go out.”