The launch in New York City was an absolutely awesome weekend. I was a little nervous about meeting everyone for the first time and was unsure of what to expect for the weekend, but it surpassed all my wildest expectations. It truly is incredible how well everyone gets along and I feel like we have all known each other for years. The people at Nike and from the Rory Foundation were so welcoming and it was a great venue to get this program started. Having Rory be a part of the program says a lot about all the great work that has already been done by Sport Changes Life and for what lies ahead. It’s very inspiring to hear how passionate Rory was about getting involved with the SCL family and helping us make the greatest impact that we can. We were all a little unsure about how Rory was going to be when interacting with us because of his insane celebrity status in Ireland, so it was awesome to find out that he was such a down to earth and great guy. It was also kind of funny seeing how much shorter he was than all the girl scholars.
The after party was great and gave us all a great chance to get to know each other better at our adopted home for the weekend, Cromptons. The day we had to walk around the city was also a blast. Taking pictures and awkwardly filming time lapses around the city made for a day full of laughs and a lot of questionable photographs. I can’t wait to get to know this group of amazing people better throughout the year.