Georgia College & State University

06/19/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 14:25

Class of 2021: Student-athlete finds inspiration in an injury

Justin Cave, an incoming first-year, will balance his academic career with his love for sports. In April, Cave signed to play basketball for the Georgia College bobcats. However, achieving such a balance is nothing new to the Savannah native. Cave managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA while setting the school record for individual points.

'My friends were also student-athletes, so we studied together,' Cave said.

He hopes to find the same support system in his teammates here. In addition to playing basketball, Cave will also be enrolled in Georgia College's Honors program. Though this will require a great deal of work on his behalf, he is up for the challenge. In fact, a past injury taught him that hard work reaps great benefits.

'The summer after my freshman year, I hurt my back,' said Cave. 'It was tough because I had to spend four months in a back brace, and I couldn't do anything.'

He did not hang his head, however. He went to his orthopedic appointments and put in the work required to get back to his first love. Coming out on top at the other end, Cave also discovered what he wanted to do with his life through the process: become an orthopedic.

With his eyes set on the medical field, Cave will pursue a degree in exercise science. During his time at Georgia College, he also wants to get involved in the Baldwin community.