Thursday, July 6, 2017
Today’s blog is going to focus on two stories highlighting the accomplishments of some of the truly unsung but truly amazing members of the Virginia Athletics family… our student-managers. First, four of our managers, Spencer Godine from football and Haley Gardner, Kelly Norfleet, and Anna Cho from women’s basketball were selected from a large pool of applicants from across the nation to take part in the Managers on a Mission program this summer. Godine and Gardner are in Ghana, teaching leadership skills as they guide about 100 orphaned children through sessions of basketball, volleyball and soccer. Norfleet (pictured below) is doing a similar program in an orphanage in Malawai while Cho is headed to Liberia, where she also volunteered last summer. Check out this article from the Batten School about the trip and check out the blog posts from the various managers from across Africa here.
UVA Today caught up with former baseball manager Haley Alvarez in this Q&A. Alvarez, who served four years as a manager for the Hoos before graduating in 2015 from the McIntire School of Commerce, completed summer internships in the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Office of the Commissioner while she was in school. Since graduating, she has worked for three major league teams: the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds, where she currently works in the front office as a baseball operations assistant. Front office personnel in Oakland were so impressed with Alvarez’s research and analysis of their draft prospects that they decided to send her to Scout School.