Meredith Schertzinger, a 2014 graduate of The Summit, has been published in “Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles.”
Now a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Meredith is a psychology major with minors in Spanish, biology and sociology. A member of The Summit’s 2011 Division III state championship soccer team, Meredith played on UAB’s team until two knee surgeries caused her to step away from collegiate soccer. Finding her voice off the field, she is one of several contributors to “Women in Sports.” Her story is called “Turf Wars: Safety, Sexism and the 2015 World Cup.” The chapter examines the controversy over use of artificial turf at the world cup in 2015 and pay inequity in professional women’s soccer.
The book is a two-volume collection of stories which discuss the current state of women in sports and the barriers they faced and continue to face.
At UAB, Meredith is a member of the Honors College. She has had a research assistanceship in UAB’s Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Lab, headed by Jarred Younger Ph.D. In the summer of 2016, she participated in a faculty-led program in Puerto Rico. She studied abroad in Sydney, Australia in the spring semester of 2017, giving her the opportunity to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, ride a camel and hold baby kangaroos in the Northern Territory.