A former athlete who overcame a brachial plexus injury at birth, an Ohio woman now sets her sights on being an athletic trainer behind the scenes. Her curtain call awaits.
With her college sports-playing days recently behind her, Randee Seevers has her eyes set on a new goal: New York City’s Broadway.
But unlike most young people who dream of Broadway and a career as a singer, actor or dancer, Randee, 22, has focused her attention on working behind the scenes as an athletic trainer.
Born with a brachial plexus injury, Randee has worked hard her entire life and never let the injury limit her physically. She played basketball and golf in high school, was recruited by multiple colleges for both sports, and attended Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia, on a golf scholarship. After years of activity, Randee knew it was time for a transition.
“My body was ready to be done with basketball. I played my whole life. My knees were shot. My back was shot. Not to say golf was super relaxing in college, but it was a lot less demanding, physically-wise, than basketball,” she said. “But sports was a big part of my life, so I knew I wanted to get into athletic training.”
It was in college where Randee first heard about, and then started thinking about, a career in performance arts medicine.
“I want to work on Broadway,” said Randee. “I’ve always known I wanted to help people, but only until my freshman year of college did I know that was the outlet I wanted. The goal is New York City.”
Currently living in her hometown of Marietta, OH, Randee splits her time between coaching the high school girls' golf team and working part-time at a local store. She’s enjoying an “off year” away from school, but plans to pursue an advanced degree in physical therapy.
“With the athletic training major, we had a lot of clinical hours. So between hours for my major and traveling for golf, I didn’t get to come home that often,” said Randee. “I’m just kind of enjoying being home for the first time in four years."
(Updated: December 2018)