SEE US Intern: Ally Richert
Hey y’all! My name is Ally Richert and I have been working with SEE US as the fundraising intern since the beginning of June. I can actually thank the social media sensation Cori Kennedy for bringing SEE US into my life. (Quote I live by: “first and foremost swing at every pitch, don’t care where it is, we’re here for a good time not a long time”). I have just graduated from the University of Oregon (SCO DUCKS!) with my bachelors degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. While at UO, I was fortunate enough to be part of the club softball team, where we compete on a high level with other colleges and universities around the United States (not to be confused with the D1 team at Oregon). While I played other sports growing up, nothing had quite the impact as softball.
What has playing softball in college and being president taught you?
In my time as president, I have introduced our team to the National Club Softball Association, the club version of the NCAA, something the team had not been able to do since the team’s inception in 2008. I have drastically reduced player fees to $75 each term (in comparison, the club baseball team at my university charges $400 per term) by ramping up fundraising efforts. I am passionate about this because I do not believe income level should determine a student’s ability to play the sport they love. Coming from a low-income rural community, I have seen first-hand the impact money can have on sports, so making this team more accessible to well-deserving players has been the biggest part of my presidency. I have helped create a reputable and respected team in the NCSA by finding amazing coaches, improving the website and social media to more easily communicate with the players and fans, and pushing my teammates to perform their best. Due to these efforts, we were one of 16 teams that made it to the World Series out of 140 teams in our first season. This club is my proudest achievement at the university and has taught me more about business than any class ever could have. Unfortunately I was unable to finish my final year as a player and as president of the team due to the travel bans imposed by my university, but this internship has allowed me to continue doing what I love.
What do you love about SEE US?
After finding out about this program, I was so excited. It seemed to be everything I was passionate about and when I found out I was selected to be an intern I was ecstatic!
SEE US gives back in a way I never knew we could and gives me hope that I can continue on this female empowerment movement in sports.
Connecting with Courtney has been such a blessing and it is refreshing to find someone who cares about the same things I do with such intensity. Though she is only a bit older than me, I feel I can look up to her and I am thankful for the opportunity she has provided me.
Queen of the Court Blog
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