The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Williams' Kennedy Green, a women's track & field student-athlete who has interned with NBC Sports and the NFL.
Kennedy Green, Williams College
Senior, Women's Track & Field
Los Angeles, Calif./Thatcher High School
Minor: Justice and Law
Why did you choose to attend Williams?
I chose Williams because I thought it would offer me a great balance of athletics and academics. I wanted to be able to pursue a successful collegiate track career, but also ensure that I was getting the highest quality education possible, and Williams presented me with that opportunity.
What is your dream job/career? Why?
My dad played in the NFL and I have always loved the sport of football, so growing up I knew that I wanted to one day work with football in some capacity. Throughout college I've done internships to try and help me get closer to that goal and really nail down my interests; after my sophomore year I interned with Sunday Night Football at NBC Sports, and after my junior year I worked at the National Football League Office in New York City. Both of these experiences really solidified my love for the sport and my ultimate desire to work in the front office of a professional team one day. I am so excited to be going back to join the production team of Sunday Night Football after graduation, and as of now, I can see that being something that I stick with and pursue for quite a while. I will get to be fully immersed in football while also seeing the sport from a different perspective behind the camera.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
I am on the Executive Board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which has been a great way to be more involved in improving the community for both student-athletes and non-student-athletes on campus by putting on a series of really interesting events throughout the year. I was also an orientation leader for first-year fall-sport athletes which was a fun way to introduce them to campus.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Winning the DIII Indoor New England Championship with my team last year. It is always a toss up going into the meet as to who will win, so everyone always comes with super high energy. At the end of the day, my team competed hard and had so much fun doing it, so I think that's what made the win feel even better.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. Go skydiving in a foreign country
2. Do a spartan race
3. Meet Mariska Hargitay
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
The most interesting part of my major has been observing it's real-world applications. For example, I am taking a class right now called Psychology and Law, and it is pretty cool to be able to apply basic psychological principles in understanding and deconstructing many of the issues we see with various aspects of our criminal justice system today.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
The greatest lesson I have learned has been learning how to work with a group of people to accomplish a shared goal. Being on the track and field team is a unique experience because in a lot of ways it is an individual sport but at the end of the day we are competing on a team and the team has goals for itself as well. I think finding ways to be able to accomplish what you strive for individually while also being able to work for the team and have a team-centered attitude is an invaluable skill.
What are some differences between your campus community and where you are from?
Los Angeles and Williamstown are polar opposites. In L.A. I'm used to places being open 24/7 and lights being on in the city all the time, so coming to Williamstown was a big adjustment for me. However, it is nice to be somewhere where it's a little easier to unwind and unplug and you don't feel like things are bustling around you all the time. Obviously, the weather is also very different!
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
Sawyer Library is probably my favorite place because it is somewhere I can go to get organized and get work done, but also hang out with my team and other friends in an environment outside of practice. I have always liked how open Sawyer feels and how there are so many different places to work.