January 20th, 2016 | Uncategorized
For a recent project in my Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management class, I had to choose an organization that I was familiar with and assess the types and degree of innovativeness that it demonstrates. I focused on Sport Changes Life and left the project feeling even more proud to be a part of this organization!
It was an interesting activity, especially when I had to fit a nonprofit into models mainly created for and applicable to for-profit firms. It was odd to think of Victory Scholars as the ‘product’ that the foundation provides to its ‘customers.’ But it was amazing to realize how creative and innovative this organization is! Not only is it a one of a kind opportunity for American student athletes to continue playing and pursue a higher degree but, more importantly, it also provides such a unique opportunity for youth around Ireland to benefit from working with these athletes.
However, I still left the project feeling unsatisfied. Sure, I had shown my professor all the logistical things that make SCL incredible, but its benefits reach far beyond what you can quantify on paper. It didn’t express how valuable it feels for me to be integrated into a community here and feel like I am making a positive different in the lives of those around me. It couldn’t capture the joy of seeing my player smile as she succeeds in doing a new move I taught her. SCL delivers on all the tangibles of a successful nonprofit, but I think that what makes it most special is all of those intangibles that accompany the experience.
Victory Scholar: Lillian McCabe
Present University: IT Carlow
US League: Atlantic 10
Club/Community Partner: ITC Basketball
Alma Mater: Davidson College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland