Maria Palarino

  • University: Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Course: Business Management
  • Club: WIT Waterford Wildcats Basketball Club
  • Age: 22


Hi everyone! My name is Maria Palarino. I am so excited and grateful to be a Victory Scholar in the Sports Changes Life program this year! I am from Irwin, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of the city of Pittsburgh. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. I was a 4-year starter, a 2-year caption, and a 1,000-point scorer on the St. Francis College women’s basketball team. I made the all conference rookie team as a freshman, and our team won the WBCA academic title (highest women’s basketball team GPA in the NCAA) in 2016. I am ready to continue my career in Ireland where I will be obtaining a master’s degree in business management at Waterford Institute of Technology.

After spending an amazing four years in New York City studying and playing the game I love, I am incredibly excited to continue to learn, play, and immerse myself in a new culture. Basketball has always been a huge part of my life and has given me so many amazing opportunities. As a Victory Scholar, I hope to be a positive influence on the youth of the Irish community and build life-long relationships. Sports have taught me so many important lessons throughout my life and I can’t wait to share them with others while continuing to learn myself. I am humbled that I get the chance to inspire these children to chase their dreams, just like I have. This truly is an opportunity of a lifetime and I could not be more excited!

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December 16th, 2019

A Year to Remember

December 8th, 2019

A Lot to be Thankful For

November 19th, 2019

If She Can’t See It, She Can’t Be It

October 28th, 2019

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October 26th, 2019

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October 14th, 2019

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October 1st, 2019

‘Tis the (Basketball) Season

September 20th, 2019

A Day in Dublin

September 9th, 2019

An Irish Ice Bath

September 6th, 2019

Coach Maria

September 5th, 2019

What is Sport Changes Life

September 4th, 2019

Welcome To Waterford

August 31st, 2019

To My 21 New Friends

August 25th, 2019

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