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Actions Over Words Athletes

Welcome To Our Amazing Actions Over Words Athletes! 

Niamh Harkins

Niamh Harkins is a Senior D3 Women’s Soccer player at Wilkes University, located in Wilkes- Barre, PA. In her career at Wilkes, she has played in 55 games and started in 54 of them. Niamh was named First-Team-All-MAC-Freedom as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She is originally from Pennington, NJ and played for the club team FC Copa in New Jersey. 

“Getting involved with actions over words was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made, from helping fold sweatshirts in my living room to now being the first AOW athlete, anything I could do to help spread the message was important to me. That’s because of how special this brand is, you don’t see nearly any other small businesses willing to donate money from every purchase. They truly embody AOW and I think that’s a message that should be heard and repped everywhere. I am beyond excited to be the first AOW athlete. Never in a million years did I expect to be partnering and repping a brand let alone one that is trying to make a difference in this world.” ~ Niamh Harkins

Sydney Milani

Sydney Milani is a Senior D1 Track & Field Athlete at The University of Alabama. In the 2021 Indoor Season alone, Sydney has achieved opening the indoor season with a second place finish in the 4000-meter distance medley relay (11.54.60) and a first place finish in the 4x400-meter relay   (3:39.97) at the Vanderbilt Invitational. Some of the highlights from the 2021 Outdoor Season include competing in the 400-meter hurdles at the SEC Championships (1:00.70) in the event, awarded silver in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.96) at the Crimson Tide Invitational, and Awarded gold in the 4x400-meter relay (3:35.72). 

"I am excited to work with AOW because as an athlete, I believe you can fake confidence but you can’t fake inner strength. Sports show the most vulnerable sides of people and without that inner strength and dog mentality you’re gonna get exposed. Ultimately, growth on and off the track doesn’t come from talking about it, it comes from the actions of responsibility that occur day after day and that’s why this brand really stuck out to me!" ~ Sydney Milani


Eric Van Der Heijden

Eric Van Der Heijden is a freshman D1 Basketball Player at Ole Miss located in Oxford, MS. Eric graduated from Millbrook HS where he received many D1 offers but ultimately decided on Ole Miss to be his home. In his junior year of high school, Eric averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game and led Millbrook to a 23-4 record. Eric also shot 46% from the field and 45% from the 3 point range. As a senior, he averaged a double double, scoring 18.2 points and grabbing 11.2 rebounds per game for the undefeated 4A state champions. Eric has always shown that actions speak louder than words so we are excited to watch him continue to do so during his first season at Ole Miss!


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~ Alec Levin (Founder of Actions Over Words)