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December 2018

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26 CAVALIER CORNER & VAF news notables Student-Athletes in NYC for Professional Development In October, about a dozen UVA student-athletes representing five sports spent the fall reading break in New York City, where they networked with alumni and visited non-profit organizations. Also on the trip were director of athletics Carla Williams and career development staffers. In New York, the group met with several former UVA student-athletes, including Claudio Reyna (men's soccer), Charles Way (football) and Kimberley Hatchett (track & field). Reyna is sporting director for New York City Football Club, Way is vice president of NFL Player Engage - ment, and Hatchett is an executive director and private wealth advisor with Morgan Stanley. "Hopefully I'll be in a position in a few years to do the same and share my story," said wom- en's basketball player Jocelyn Willoughby, one of the student-athletes on the trip. Highlights of the group's stay in New York included visits to the DREAM Charter School, a K-8 program in East Harlem, and the Robin Hood Foundation, which was founded by UVA alumnus Paul Tudor Jones and is the city's largest poverty-fighting organization. At UVA, the proposed Master Plan for the athletics precinct includes an Olympic sports facility that will house the Center for Citizen Leaders and Sports Ethics. The center will offer student-athletes opportunities to participate in programs such as the trip to New York. "I want to say thank you to all of the donors who give to the VAF for their continued support and generosity that allow all of the student- athletes at UVA, myself included, to achieve our most ambitious goals in academics and athletics. Without you all, it could not be possible. Thank you." — Will Schany '19 92% UVA Achieves Its Highest NCAA Graduation Rate The NCAA's release of its annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data for incoming student- athletes from 2008-2011 is the highest by Vir- ginia student-athletes since the NCAA began issuing the report. Cavalier student-athletes covered during the current report graduated at a 92 percent rate, up two percent from last year's report which was the previous high for UVA Athletics. The NCAA's national average for this year's reporting range is 88 percent. Members of the Game — Football 2018 Richmond – September 1 Troy Foster Lynchburg, VA Louisville – September 22 Jerry and Dottie Grizzard Franklin, VA Miami – October 13 Bernie Monroe & Bill Gregg Midlothian, VA North Carolina – October 27 Howard and Carolyn Wilkinson Glen Allen, VA Pitt – November 2 Mark Zamperini Centreville, VA Liberty – November 11 Nick Jones and family Glen Allen, VA

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