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.
“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.”
|College of the Holy Cross||Softball||Hannah Horton|
|Columbia University||Swimming||Kasey Karkoska|
|Cornell University||Ice Hockey and Lacrosse||Finley Frichette
|Cornell University||Men's Rowing||Teevyah Yuva Raju|
|Fairfield University||Field Hockey||Gabrielle Saxon|
|Fordham University||Basketball||Edona Thaqi
|Fordham University||Track||Maeve O’Connor|
|Hofstra University||Tennis||Ronia Dolabany|
|Howard University||Lacrosse||Tiffany Hunt|
|Loyola University Maryland||Tennis||Sandra Aguirre|
|Manhattan College||Soccer||Gemma Perez
|Manhattan College||Women's Rowing||Elyse Holmes|
|Seton Hall University||Golf||Mia Kness|
|Stony Brook University||Lacrosse||Rebecca Kinsley|
|University of Connecticut||Lacrosse||Julia Ozimek
|University of Connecticut||Swimming||Anna Mecca|
|University of Illinois||Softball||Katie Wingerter
|University of Illinois||Track & Field||Gift Pendleton|
|University of Michigan||Dance Team||Lauren Page|
|University of Wisconsin||Women's Lightweight Rowing||Victoria Kost|
If you are interested in learning more, please contact: Cathy Maher Smith at CSmith@WomensSportsFoundation.org.