Fordham’s Maeve O’Connor and Edona Thaqi Chosen for WSF/NBC Sports activities Group Scholar-Athlete Mentoring Program

Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham College senior Maeve O’Connor, a member of the ladies’s observe and discipline crew, and senior Edona Thaqi, a member of the ladies’s basketball squad, have been chosen to take part within the Girls’s Sports activities Basis/NBC Sports activities Group Scholar-Athlete Mentoring Program.
O’Connor and Thaqi each found this system due to an electronic mail from the Fordham Athletics workplace and a connection to this system by Djenane Paul, Senior Affiliate Athletic Director/SWA, and Jamilah Ali, Director of Athletic Compliance.

Maeve O’Connor


After a profitable inaugural launch in January 2020, the Girls’s Sports activities Basis and NBC Sports activities Group are into the second 12 months of their Scholar-Athlete Mentoring Program, an initiative designed to encourage and assist ladies collegiate student-athletes as they discover potential profession paths.
This 12 months, this system has expanded from eight to 20 student-athletes, who characterize 15 faculties and universities throughout 13 sports activities. NBC Sports activities Group workers function program mentors and characterize a various vary of enterprise capabilities together with authorized, human sources, advertising, digital, communications, operations, IT, finance, gross sales, and media manufacturing.
O’Connor and Thaqi have comparable pursuits with the mentorship program with each on the lookout for  expertise on the media manufacturing aspect and Thaqi additionally within the enterprise aspect.
“I am actually  within the manufacturing aspect of TV and broadcasting,” mentioned O’Connor. “I feel creating one thing behind the scenes of a present, sportscast, or newscast and with the ability to watch it come collectively on air, or on-line is admittedly rewarding. My mentor is the Director of Publish Manufacturing and Graphics for NBC Sports activities and Olympics, so she has numerous expertise with digital communications and manufacturing, so it has been nice to get some perception into the business from her.”
“I am excited to be taught extra concerning the finance and enterprise facet as nicely the behind the scenes and have a look at how manufacturing works,” mentioned Thaqi. “I am able to develop my data in all areas of the sports activities business!”

Edona Thaqi posed action
Edona Thaqi

As seniors, each O’Connor and Thaqi are waiting for postgraduate plans with open minds.
“I am a movie and tv main and a advertising and sports activities journalism minor, so just about the whole lot within the leisure and sports activities world excites me,” mentioned O’Connor. “Beginning out I’d like to do one thing associated to manufacturing, whether or not that is graphics, advertising, or writing.  Studying the behind the scenes work that goes right into a program and being part of that course of could be actually gratifying.”
“I am not completely selected what profession path I wish to take however I do know I need to have the ability to do one thing the place I will help impression folks in a optimistic means,” mentioned Thaqi.
Commencing in November 2020 and working by means of Could 2021, the Girls’s Sports activities Basis and NBC Sports activities Group will interact with student-athletes on profession improvement, network-building, interpersonal communication, interviewing expertise, and navigating the office. NBC Sports activities Group mentors will share their skilled expertise, insights and networks, whereas the Girls’s Sports activities Basis will facilitate month-to-month, digital skilled improvement, and discover themes round gender equality and advocacy.
‘We’re thrilled with the budding success of our Scholar-Athlete Mentoring Program, and are excited to proceed increasing and reaching extra younger ladies as they put together to enter the office. We’re proud to leverage our distinctive community within the sports activities business to assist younger ladies obtain larger financial potential, and are grateful to NBC Sports activities Group for his or her partnership on this glorious program.” – Dr. Deborah Antoine, CEO of the Girls’s Sports activities Basis.
“The NBC Sports activities Group has loved an extended historical past of working with outstanding feminine athletes, and we’re excited to construct our relationship with student-athletes by means of this novel and thrilling program. We’re particularly happy that our assist of the Girls’s Sports activities Basis can come to life in a means that includes so many NBC Sports activities workers throughout our workforce.” – Brett Goodman, Normal Counsel of NBC Sports activities Group.
About Girls’s Sports activities Basis
The Girls’s Sports activities Basis exists to allow women and girls to succeed in their potential in sport and life. We’re an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Based by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and increase participation and management alternatives by means of analysis, advocacy, group programming and all kinds of collaborative partnerships. The Girls’s Sports activities Basis has positively formed the lives of tens of millions of youth, highschool and collegiate student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We’re constructing a future the place each woman and girl can #KeepPlaying and unlock the lifelong advantages of sport participation. All women. All ladies. All sports activities.® To be taught extra concerning the Girls’s Sports activities Basis, please go to
About NBC Sports activities Group

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was accomplished in January 2011, the sports activities property of the 2 corporations mixed to type NBC Sports activities Group, which serves sports activities followers 24/7 with premier dwell occasions, insightful studio reveals, and compelling authentic programming. The sports activities media firm consists of a singular array of sports activities property, together with NBC Sports activities, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports activities Regional Networks, NBC Sports activities Radio and NBC Sports activities Digital, which incorporates,,, the digital property of the NBC Sports activities Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports activities Discuss franchise, a number of apps, and two transactional sports activities companies, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports activities Group possesses an unparalleled assortment of tv rights agreements, partnering with a number of the most prestigious sports activities properties on the planet: the Worldwide Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, IndyCar and plenty of extra.

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