Student-Athlete Mentoring Program

Published on May 27th, 2021

The Student-Athlete Mentoring Program is an initiative designed to inspire and support collegiate female athletes as they explore potential career paths. Due to rigorous academic, training and competition schedules, student-athletes often have little time for internships and therefore lack job experience. The program, piloted in 2019 in partnership with NBC Sports Group, is aimed at helping student-athletes prepare to enter the workplace, and at providing valuable mentorship and tools that can lead to greater economic potential.

During the program cycle, student-athletes are engaged in events and webinars focused on career development, network-building, personal branding, communication and interviewing skills. NBC Sports Group employees are paired with each athlete, serving as one-to-one mentors, who share their professional experience, insights and advice on how to navigate the work environment.

Jacque Manno UCONN Women's Lacrosse photo cropped
Jacqueline Manno, 2019 Participant – University of Connecticut, Women’s Lacrosse

“I thought having a mentor in the field that I eventually want to work in was very helpful. She helped me network with different people and it was nice to have someone to go to for professional advice. She is a great example for who I eventually want to be, so it was really nice to have someone to look up to in a professional setting.”

2020 Participants

College of the Holy CrossSoftballHannah Horton
Columbia UniversitySwimmingKasey Karkoska
Cornell University
Ice Hockey and Lacrosse
Finley Frichette
Cornell University Men's RowingTeevyah Yuva Raju
Fairfield UniversityField HockeyGabrielle Saxon
Fordham University
Edona Thaqi
Fordham UniversityTrackMaeve O’Connor
Hofstra UniversityTennisRonia Dolabany
Howard UniversityLacrosseTiffany Hunt
Loyola University MarylandTennisSandra Aguirre
Manhattan College
Gemma Perez
Manhattan CollegeWomen's RowingElyse Holmes
Seton Hall UniversityGolfMia Kness
Stony Brook UniversityLacrosseRebecca Kinsley
University of Connecticut
Julia Ozimek
University of ConnecticutSwimmingAnna Mecca
University of Illinois
Katie Wingerter
University of IllinoisTrack & FieldGift Pendleton
University of MichiganDance TeamLauren Page
University of WisconsinWomen's Lightweight RowingVictoria Kost


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