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Freddie Goldstein

How do you fulfill your passion of being a college athlete while achieving your academic goals? Freddie Goldstein is an exceptional athlete who has taken advantage of the opportunity Motlow offers to succeed in the classroom and has put himself in position to graduate and advance to a four-year institution.Image by Motlow College

Goldstein is already one of the best basketball players to ever wear the green and gold, becoming Motlow's eighth All-American, and first to be honored as a freshman in 2010. He averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals per game in leading Head Coach Jerry Nichols' first Motlow team to a 16-9 overall record.

Although his path to Motlow College was a struggle at times, Freddie has persevered and now finds himself in position to graduate and ready to take his basketball talents to the next level.

"I first enrolled at Cumberland University in Lebanon but they said my grades weren't good enough," said Goldstein in an interview with the Student Success Committee. "Coach Nichols gave me a chance to come here and play basketball and get my grades up. Everything is working out great for me and I love it here at Motlow." I am on schedule to graduate in May of 2011."

With offers from other community colleges in Tennessee, Freddie had choices as to where to begin his college career. He says two things sold him on Motlow College. "The first thing was Coach Nichols," he continued. "I knew coach would help me become a better student and a better player. The second thing was the academic opportunities. Coach said the faculty and staff at Motlow would help me as a student and they have. This place is great."

"My mom graduated from college and she expects me to graduate as well," continued Goldstein. "I have to graduate for her and my little sister will hopefully graduate from college behind me."

Goldstein has dreams that already extend beyond the basketball court. Although he hopes to have an opportunity to play professionally on some level in the future, he also has set a goal of being a basketball television or radio analyst.

"Being an athlete and a successful student is tough," added Freddie. "Between classes, practice, and studying there is not a lot of free time. The days are pretty full but it's all worth it. Each new thing I learn in the classroom helps me broaden my horizons and helps me feel better about myself as a person. I have become a better player and a better person since I've come to Motlow."

View the video below to find out more about how Freddie became a Motlow success story.