By Melissa D'Amico, Assistant Coach, Yale Women's Basketball
When college coaches are on the road recruiting, we talk about a lot of different things while on the sideline watching games. Sometimes just catching up with friends about how life is going, sometimes about the craziness of our travel schedules, and sometimes we even talk about basketball. Go figure. Two years ago there was a much more meaningful conversation, one that would manifest into the reality that is Play BOLD.
From that moment until now our board of directors, which is also comprised of a few of my fellow colleagues in the coaching world, has been working to create a platform for collegiate women’s basketball players to give back, in a big way. Through mission and humanitarian aid work, we have created a vehicle for change in the form of a non-profit.
This year, life ended up bringing us all the way to Eldoret, Kenya. What was special about this trip, aside from being our first as an organization, was that the Ivy League women showed up big. Out of the 16 people in our travel party, 11 were student-athletes. Out of those 11, five were from the Ivy League.
You get the chance to recruit these players, and usually you can find that Ivy League schools are recruiting the same players on a consistent basis. So even if a player doesn’t end up on your team, you get to know them, their families, their goals and aspirations. How amazing life works to bring these people back around on a whole other level.