South Mecklenburg High School senior softball player Katie Allison will travel a short distance
this fall to continue to chase her education and softball goals at Belmont Abbey College. The issue250Katie1daughter of
Bobby and Debra Allison concluded a successful softball career for the Sabres this spring. Katie is a shortstop
with the ability to play any position on the field.

With a long list of athletic and academic accolades, Katie walks away from South Meck with a sense of pride and
great accomplishment. She was named the Female Athlete of the Year at South Meck and has been the team MVP
for all four years of high school. Katie also was honored as an All-Conference Player.

When asked about her favorite memory in softball, Katie didn’t point to a certain game or a specific play. She looked
internally to her feelings and emotions in the game.

“I love the people I have met through all my years of softball. I have made friends that I can call family. The memories I’ve
made with these people are unforgettable.”

When it came time to decide what to do for college, Katie studied her options and landed on a familiar place, Belmont Abbey.

“My cousin is a great role model for me and she attended Belmont Abbey on a basketball scholarship, receiving multiple awards.
I want to follow her footsteps. Softball is my passion and I believe Belmont Abbey is the best college for me to keep my passion alive.”

Make no mistake, Katie, a successful Student-athlete, will keep her first focus inside the classroom.

“My academics always come first. I work very hard in the classroom receiving a 4.0 GPA while taking AP and Honors classes and
playing two high school varsity sports and travel softball.”

Katie hopes to explore different courses at Belmont Abbey before deciding on a specific area of study.

“There are so many different jobs that I would like to do, but I haven’t found the one I want to live off of.”

In addition to playing softball and winning inside the classroom, Katie also gives back to her community.

“I’m very active in my church doing a lot of volunteer work, like vacation bible school, pine straw sales, and nativity scenes. I also help out
at my old preschool with the kids. I love being around kids and making sure they always have a smile on there face. I always remind them
they are smart, awesome, and will do big things.”

We expect Katie will also do big things at Belmont Abbey. She has certainly left her mark on South Meck and now will focus on success at Belmont Abbey.
The South Charlotte Sports Report salutes Katie Allison for her dedication to success on and off the field. Best of luck, Kate, as you move into college!