Toliver Freeman ’20

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Student-Athlete and Biology Major Excels on the Hardwood and in Health Care

Toliver Freeman, Class of 2020. Toliver is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a men’s basketball scholarship recipient.

Student-Athlete and Biology Major Excels on the Hardwood and in Health Care

As the son of a physician, Toliver Freeman ’20 has known since he was young that he wanted to be a doctor. As a gifted basketball player, he always hoped to play Division I hoops. He chose Saint Joseph’s because it gave him opportunities to chase both dreams.

Freeman grew up the youngest of three brothers in Louisiana. From an early age, he was curious about how the human body worked.

“I was the shortest in my family, and I was always searching on Google for ways to get taller,” he says. “I tried stretching, drinking milk, all that. Eventually I just naturally grew taller and realized it was a genetic thing.”

When it came time to choose a college, Freeman wanted to be sure that he went somewhere that would allow him to pursue his other passion: basketball. His father’s advice to pursue medicine in the Northeast and St. Joe’s strong basketball reputation led him to Hawk Hill.

Before his junior year, the men’s basketball team awarded Freeman an athletic scholarship in recognition of his contributions to the team. And the demands of a rigorous biology curriculum have been no match for Freeman’s tenacity. He consistently earns a place on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and he serves as a fellow in Saint Joseph’s Institute for Clinical Bioethics (ICB), where he is gaining valuable health-related experience.

“One of the projects I’ve been working on is our health promoters program,” Freeman says. “We go into Hispanic and African communities in Philadelphia and perform basic health checkups for patients.”

Although Freeman hasn’t decided what his specialty will be once he becomes a doctor, his work helping underserved populations with the ICB has inspired him to make it part of his career goal.

“Just because someone doesn’t have the means to get the proper care, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be accounted for,” he says. “All human life is valuable. Once I start medical school, I’ll see what I'm the best at and where I can make the most impact.”

Toliver Freeman, Class of 2020. Toliver is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a men’s basketball scholarship recipient.