Week 1

September 7th, 2012 | Uncategorized

Hey guys! My name is Gretchen Gaskin. I’m one of the 7 scholars this year. I’m from Chicago and will be pursuing my Masters in Strategy, Innovation & People Management at NUIG in Galway. I currently have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Supply Chain Management from the Kelley School of Business and I am really looking forward to this year!

So this past week all the Victory Scholars met up in Belfast (Northern Ireland). The week began with a long journey through Dublin and then up to Belfast/Jordanstown to the University of Ulster. We were all meeting for the first time and were about to spend the next week getting to know each other, the Sport Changes Life Foundation, and our roles as coaches/role models for the kids.

Our week was made up of class in the morning, dinner together in the evening, and then off to basketball practice. Dinner each night brought everyone together and allowed us to bond a little more. By the end of the trip it felt as if we spent the past month together rather than just a week. Overall, during our certifications we learned a lot about how to handle challenging behavior as well as a number of coaching drills, techniques and skills to use for all ages in terms of basketball. I know there is so much more to come, and I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity!

ps. I ♥ Stephen… psych! 😉

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