Rising Stars Spotlight: Jaide Hinds-Clarke

A 2020 graduate of the University of Richmond, Jaide Hinds-Clarke obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and leadership with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies. During her time in undergrad, Jaide was a basketball student-athlete, the 10th best all-time rebounder in school history and the 6th best blocker the school had seen. Fun fact: she scored her 1,000th point on National Girls and Women in Sports Day against Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020!

Just this month, Jaide obtained a Masters of Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. While in graduate school, Jaide was a student-athlete leadership development graduate assistant with the University of Richmond, where she implemented and executed student-athlete development initiatives and programs, tracked program retention for over 300+ student-athletes and assisted the department with diversity efforts.  

Jade is also a founder of “Shades of Pride”, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a member of the advisory board for Return on Inclusion, a sport-specific diversity and inclusion education platform dedicated to developing inclusive leaders and fostering a culture of belonging across social and cultural differences.

How did you get into Student Athlete Development? 

I was a basketball student athlete in college and that opened my eyes to a lot. I always asked a lot of questions and benefited greatly from administration. I would not be the person I am today without the opportunities that were presented to me. I want to give back and help other student athletes the way others have helped me. 

What is your Why? 

I am irrationally passionate about holistic Student Athlete Leadership Development. The opportunities I have had have opened my eyes to what holistic development can do and I plan to provide others with the same resources in both sports as well as life. I am so passionate about this.

What does the word Inclusion mean to you? 

The word inclusion to me means creating spaces as well as opportunities for folks of all backgrounds to feel supported, seen, and valued. 

Who is your role model and why?

Nevin Caple is my role model. She has served as a valuable role model and mentor to me since meeting her in 2018 at the NCAA Inclusion Forum. Nevin works to increase diversity and inclusion in college athletics and her drive and passion are evident in everything she does! From working with Nevin, I have learned that she is an authentic, selfless, passionate and courageous leader. On a personal note, her advice and leadership has been so valuable to me and her constant support and celebration of my accomplishments means a lot to me! 

What advice do you have for fellow Rising Stars?

My biggest piece of advice would be to realize the power of building a relationship and networking with the intent of learning something. I advise the community to learn more about others.


Podcast: Brown Vegan 
Book: Recalculating by Lindsay Polluck 
Form of Self Care: Listening to a great paylist and working out 
Quote: Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Fun Fact: I scored my 1,000th point on National Girls and Women in Sports Day against VCU in 2020.

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