Jayson Gale always wanted to make his living in sports. And the 1996 graduate, a former centerfielder on the Musketeers’ baseball team, may have just found his niche as the administrative services coordinator for the National Center for Drug Free Sport, a Kansas City-based company that provides drug testing and informational resources to all National Collegiate Athletic Association members and more than 100 additional institutions.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs has achieved a high profile in recent years because of widely publicized accusations that top professional athletes are using them. But while today’s student-athletes are more informed than they were in his playing days, Gale says there’s still room for improvement. To help further close the information gap, the center offers online resources and a service whereby athletes can anonymously ask questions specific to their own situations.
Gale’s role allows him to wear many hats, from assisting in the actual testing to creating promotional material for the company, and in all these endeavors, he says the lessons learned at Xavier remain in the forefront of his mind.
“When you graduate from a Jesuit or Catholic school, the mission is to go out and serve others,” he says. “This might be an indirect way of doing it, but I still feel like I’m serving athletes with information about health and safety. I feel like I’m doing a little bit of the Jesuit mission, if you will.”