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For Immediate Release: June 1, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Bump returns to Windsor Middle School to reach out to students
Freshman shortstop talks about what it takes to be a Division I athlete

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- After a successful freshman campaign, starting shortstop Jessica Bump returned to nearby Windsor Middle School last week to talk to the current students about what it takes to become a Division I athlete. A 2010 graduate of Windsor high School, she attended the middle school from 2003-06.

"(Associate Athletic Director Dave) Simek approached me about attending this event with him," Bump said. "I felt like it was a way for me to give back and let younger students know both the benefits and struggles of being a student- athlete in college."

Bump was named to the America East All-Rookie Team for the 2011 season. She started all 46 games at the shortstop position and helped the Bearcats reach the conference tournament for the first time in their 10-year Division I era.

"Being a member of the BU Softball team is truly something special," Bump said. "The chemistry that we all have both on and off the field is great, and being able to have fun with your friends and be competitive at the same time really makes it exciting. We not only work hard for ourselves, but we work hard for everyone on the team."

Last week, Bump's goal was to explain to the middle school students that there is a lot more to being a successful student-athlete that being talented.

"I thought it was important to explain what really goes on in the college setting and what it is like to be a student athlete," she said. "Mr. Simek and I talked about components that make a student athlete the total package. Being coachable, being a good teammate, being a goal setter, and most importantly being a person who strives and achieves both on the field and in the classroom."

Before arriving at Binghamton, Bump made her mark at Windsor High School. She was a first-team Class B NYSSWA All-State selection in 2010 and a fourth-team pick as a junior in 2009. As a sophomore, she helped lead her squad to the Class B state title and as a senior, she batting .440.

Prior to her high school career, however, she sat in the same classroom as the students she spoke to last week. Given how far she has come the past five years, returning to her roots was an ideal situation.

"This was a great opportunity for Jessica to give back to Windsor and reach out to students who have aspirations of playing a collegiate sport," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Her dedication and passion for what she does both in the classroom and on the field make her an excellent role model."
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