April 17, 2019

Devon Kerr: Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist


Devon Kerr was a four-year letterwinner on the Ohio State women’s soccer team. The Barrie, Ontario, native played in 63 career matches, making 50 starts in goal. The 2018 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and a first team All-Big Ten pick tied for third in the Big Ten with eight shutouts while ranking fourth with an .826 save percentage and a 0.78 goals-against average. Kerr concluded her Buckeye career third in Ohio State history with 19 shutouts and a 0.82 goals-against average. She is a two-time United Soccer Coaches second team all-region selection, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Devon Kerr (1)

What was been the most rewarding experience or opportunity during your time as a Buckeye student-athlete?
The most rewarding experience and opportunity during my time as a Buckeye student-athlete hands down was just that, being a Buckeye student-athlete. The incredible opportunities and experiences that I had the good fortune to realize during my time are just too many to list. Being an active part of something bigger than yourself that is associated so deeply with community pride and positive involvement is the reward. Having been diagnosed with a learning disability and landing at a college and athletic program that surrounded me with the tools and resources to thrive academically while enabling me to pursue development in the sport I love, against all odds, is something I will personally be eternally grateful for and has taught me that everything is within reach and achievable.

What makes you a good candidate for this award? Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to thank for helping you during your time at Ohio State?
I think everyone nominated are excellent candidates and deserving of such an honor as the Medal of Honor. Being a student-athlete at Ohio State, you are immersed in your athletic community and develop many deep and lasting friendships with and appreciation for many athletes in the multitude of collegiate sports. You witness their commitment, passion and hard work. However. I can honestly say all of my successes during my time at Ohio State both athletically and academically were inspired, motivated and fueled by my teammates, coaching staff and SASSO (Student-Athlete Support Services Office).

Additionally, without the commitment and numerous sacrifices made by parents I would not be where I am today, living a dream and positioning myself for an exciting future. So in essence, every award or recognition that I have received during my journey is 100 percent a team award as it takes the contributions of everyone to realize these moments and my team is made up of the most amazing group of people that you could imagine. They deserve the world!

In your opinion what does it mean to be a Buckeye student-athlete, especially at a university like Ohio State?
Being a student-athlete is a privilege that is earned through hard work and commitment to yourself and to those that support you. The Ohio State University, despite its immensity, uniquely maintains an environment of tight-knit belonging and community and envelopes it’s student athletes with the support and direction needed to flourish. Being a Buckeye student-athlete is a lifelong membership that does not cease to be beneficial upon graduation but provides the graduate with a unique and special identity and equips them with the tools and resources they will require to go out into the world and make a positive impact.

What are your post-college plans? After graduation, how do you plan to take what you have learned as a student-athlete into the business world/professional athletic endeavors?
It is with great sadness that I leave my sisters at Ohio State and the institution that has provided me with so much. However, as I pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional women’s soccer player, I am full of excitement and confidence. I am joining my alumnae sisters and former Ohio State teammates, Nichelle Prince and Lindsay Agnew, as a member of the Houston Dash, a soccer team in the National Women’s Soccer League. Ohio State prepared me for this opportunity and I plan to make Ohio State proud through my involvement in the community and my contributions to the soccer team and the league. Additionally, I plan to continue my education and pursue my master’s in coaching so that when the time comes, I may join the incredible women before me in collegiate athletics and prepare the next generation of young female athletes to achieve all of their dreams.

Thank you for this unbelievable nomination. It is such an incredible honor that brought tears to my eyes. Words cannot describe correctly the feeling to be recognized by a family you hold in the highest regard. I’m so humbled.