Washington’s Bethany Hines: Athlete Spotlight Presented By Cameron University

Former Washington High School standout now senior at Cameron University, Bethany Hines, is entering her final year of collegiate competition.
As a student-athlete at Cameron University, Hines has enjoyed the many opportunities the school has provided her. From playing the game she loves to pursuing a degree and meeting new people, Hines is thankful for many things.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to meet so many new people the most. Cameron has brought me friends that will be in my life far beyond college and I’m so thankful for that,” said Hines.

The future educator may not have her softball career end with her final game at Cameron.

“I’m an Early Childhood Education major. After I college, I plan on finding a school to teach at and possibly get into a little bit of coaching. I think it will be hard for me to stay away from softball after I graduate. It’s been a part of my life for the past 19 years and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon,” said Hines.

Hines said her teammates at Cameron have made the biggest impact on her life since joining the team as a freshman.

“There is honestly so many things I love about those girls. I’ve had the privilege to play with so many awesome people and every single one of them have impacted me in some way. My teammates have become my forever sisters and there’s not a day that goes by that they don’t fail to make laugh.”

The transition from high school standout to college athlete was an easy one from Hines, but she does admit there are some challenges.

“What surprised me the most was probably all the expectations that come with being a student-athlete. Once you get to college, softball becomes your job. You’re expected to work hard and play to your highest potential every day because if you don’t, there’s someone else waiting to fill your spot. Even outside of softball, you’re expected to hold yourself to a higher standard,” said Hines.

Her advice to future college athletes and possibly future Cameron University athletes, “enjoy every day!”

“Enjoy your remaining days of high school and enjoy every day of college because four years truly flies by. I wish I was in their shoes and could do it all over again. The best is yet to come for you guys, live it up!”