Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Football on Hold, He Works Ex-Gator Finishing Study Via Internship

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Football on Hold, He Works Ex-Gator Finishing Study Via Internship

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Tre Everett, a former wide receiver for the Florida Gators, is

spending the summer in Clay County.

Everett, a health and human performance recreation major, is

doing an internship at Eagle Harbor. He said he discovered the

Fleming Island facility during an intern expo held at the

University of Florida. He researched several facilities, then

decided Eagle Harbor had the most complete facility for


"Words can't describe the people at Eagle Harbor," Everett

said. "This was my first choice of an internship and my best

choice. I am learning how each part of Eagle Harbor runs. I am

able to see how each cog fits in the wheel."

Everett, along with another Florida student, Jennifer Taylor,

are the first two interns for Eagle Harbor, but according to

management, they will not be the last.

Belynda Tharpe, recreation and aquatics director at Eagle

Harbor, said Everett and Taylor have done such a great job as

interns that she would like to see an eventual year-round

program created instead of just for the summer.

Tharpe said Everett's responsibilities are varied, depending on

which area of the facility he is stationed in for the day. She

has asked Everett to begin groundwork on creating leagues within

Eagle Harbor.

"He has gotten the ball rolling on developing a basketball

league for men and boys, a flag football league, coed volleyball

and even a T-ball league," Tharpe said.

Eagle Harbor General Manager Maryse Hotchkiss said additional

duties for Everett include learning the functions of aquatics,

pool games, golf club, tennis club, real estate and the

membership department.

Regardless of the responsibility, Hotchkiss said Everett has

been an exceptional addition to the staff.

"If there was any way I could have a job at the end of his term

we would hire him," she said. "The kids, members, employees all

love him. He has asked good questions and shown a lot of

insight. It has been great to have him around."

The internship ends for Everett on Aug. 9, and he gets his

degree on Aug. 10. Everett said the internship and academic

experience has meant much to him.

"Maybe one day I can run a place like Eagle Harbor but right

now I am grateful for my overall college experience. UF is like

a family where there are close-knit professors who know your

face and name even among 37,000 students" he said.

Everett, a native of Washington D.C., said getting his degree

was an important goal. Even after testing the waters in pro

football, he knew that he would one day graduate.

"If you play football or don't play football, it is so important

to get a degree. There is not much security in football, so the

more one is prepared the better chance of success," he said. …

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