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#OnceAHooAlwaysAHoo

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 9.07.22 AM.pngFormer #UVAFB linebacker Randy Neal, who played from 1995 to 1998 for the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers, sat down and chatted with The Players Trust about how he gave back to the community and completed his education goals (completing his undergrad at UVA, getting his masters at Villanova and then embarking on an endeavor to complete a doctoral degree) after leaving the league.

Hoos an MVP

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Congratulations to former #UVABase standout Chris Taylor on being named the co-MVP of the National League Championship Series. Good luck to Taylor and the Dodgers as they head to the World Series!



#HoosCare

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 7.45.43 AM.pngAfter already donating his first six game checks for scholarships for students in Charlottesville, former #UVAFB standout and Charlottesville resident Chris Long announced he will donate the rest of this year's game checks that he receives for playing for the Philadelphia Eagles to increase educational equality. Hear from Long on his decision to do this or read the ESPN.com article about his commitment  to further education opportunities. Or, more importantly, you could also join Long's cause by donating to his Pledge for Tomorrow campaign.

Hoos A Champion

NWSL Championship Tweet.pngCongratulations to former #UVAWSoc defender Emily Sonnett who helped lead Portland FC to the 2017 NWSL Championship over the weekend. With the win, a Cavalier has been on the roster for every NWSL Championship team in the league's five years of play. Sinead Farrelly played for the Portland Thorns in the inaugural season when Portland won the 2013 title. Becky Sauerbrunn plays for FC Kansas City who won the 2014 and 2015 championships. Former ACC Offensive Player of the Year Makenzy Doniak played for the Western NY Flash in 2016. Doniak and Sonnett faced each other in the 2017 title match with the Thorns beating the NC Courage who moved to NC from Western NY.

Hoos a Champion

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 7.26.29 AM.pngCongratulations to former #UVAMTEN All-American and NCAA Singles champion Thai-Son Kwiatkowski on adding another trophy to his collection. Kwiatkowski won the singles draw at the Texas Tamale Company Houston Cup Futures tournament on Sunday. It was the second singles title in his professional career. Kwiatkowski was also the runner-up in the doubles draw.

#MovingOn

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A number of former UVA men's golfers have advanced through the first round of qualifying (Q-School) for next year's Web.com Tour. Jimmy Stanger was medalist at the site in Pin Mountain, Ga., this past weekend. He'll be joined at the next phase of qualifying by Derek Bard, Bruce Woodale, David Pastore and Will Collins.
Hoos Behind the Scenes

59dc3c63aa5a.jpgToday we are going to peel back the curtain to acknowledge some of those who work here behind the scenes. First up, Cameron Ross shares this in-depth profile of Chuck Young, the voice behind the Hoos, in today's Daily Progress. Ross provides the fascinating history of how Young came to be the PA voice for football and men's basketball. Do yourself a favor and give it a read.

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Six members of the Virginia athletics department attended the Women Leaders in College Sports convention in Dallas this week. The organization is the premier leadership organization that develops, advances & connects women working in college sports. In attendance were Katherine Palmer (men's basketball), Valerie Richardson (senior associate director for athletics programs), Jessica Rippey (event management), Jane Miller (senior associate director for athletics programs), Calyn Witz (business office) and Sarah Holsinger (women's basketball).


Hoos Playing For A Title
 
Sonnett_Thorns Blog Photo.pngThe Cavaliers have a strong presence in the NWSL and that was evident in the playoffs this weekend as three former #UVAWSOC student-athletes were playing for a spot in the finals. Emily Sonnett scored a goal for the Portland Thorns in a win over Orlando Pride to advance to the finals, while Makenzy Doniak's North Carolina Courage defeated Danielle Colaprico's Chicago Red Stars for the other spot. It's a rematch of last year's NWSL semifinals where Doniak's squad (then the Western New York Flash prior to moving to North Carolina this season) defeated the Thorns on the way to the NWSL Championship. 

Hoos Helping Hoos

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On Sunday, #UVAFH picked up an 8-0 shutout victory over Drexel. #UVAWBB sophomore center Felicia Aiyeotan had an endline "seat" for the victory. Aiyeotan used her off day from practice to lend a hand at field hockey, serving as one of the individuals who toss balls back to the players after one goes out of bounds. Aiyeotan and other members of a club she belongs to, the Organization of African Students, volunteered to assist at the game as a fundraiser for their organization.
#AlumniSpotlight

Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 8.39.23 AM.pngThere will be a special recognition during Saturday's home football game featuring former Wahoos Morgan Moses (#UVAFB) and Todd Hitt (#UVAMSOC). Hitt is the CEO of an asset management firm that recently donated $50,000 to the Morgan Moses Foundation to launch the "Homework Help!" tutoring program in Chesterfield, Richmond, Fairfax and Loudon County Public Schools. They will be recognized as part of the Geico Alumni Spotlight feature during the game.

ax217_2663_9.jpgIn other alumni news, Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker penned a piece this week on #UVABase alum Chris Taylor, who wrestled as a youth before becoming a success on the baseball field. Now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Taylor gets his first crack at the MLB postseason Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

mlbf_1232011983_th_45.jpgIn other #UVABase alumni news, Baseball America caught up with former Cavalier pitcher Nathan Kirby who is down in Arizona pitching in instructional league games for the Brewers.
A pair of surgeries on his left elbow--one Tommy John and another to rearrange the ulnar ligament--has limited Kirby just 12.2 innings in his pro career and none since 2015, but as this BA article shares, Kirby has not been deterred by the setbacks.

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Another familiar face, Nick Howard, is also down in Arizona in instructional league coming back from an injury, working for the Reds, as this BA video attestsHoward last threw a competitive pitch on June 20, 2016, missing a year and a half because of a superior labral tear from anterior to posterior (SLAP) tear in his right shoulder. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo shared this piece about the progress of his comeback.

Other Hoos News

#UVAMGOLF: The Daily Progress' Jerry Ratcliffe talks to Denny McCarthy about earning his PGA Tour card



Onward and Upward

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The #UVAWRES team has a challenging but stunning preseason tradition. Every year the squad runs up the Humpback Rocks trail, a 700-foot climb, to reach the summit and the spectacular autumn views of the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys. The team opens its 2017-18 season on Nov. 5 at the Clarion Open in Pennsylvania.

Catching up with the Hoos

Thumbnail image for McCarthy-1268-Dykes.jpgA bunch of alumni news this morning. First, congratulations to former #UVAMGolf-er Denny McCarthy who finished up the final Web.com Tour event in 12th place and ended the season No. 25 on its PGA Tour priority list. He had four top-10 showings during the year and finished 16th on the Web.com Tour money list. Here's a look at his place on its Top-50 list.


Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 8.17.23 AM.pngHUGE congratulations go out to former #UVABASE pitcher Sean Doolittle. His Washington Nationals squad will face the Cubs in the NLDS starting this Friday. On his off-day before the postseason run, he got married to his longtime girlfriend Eirann Dolan. Doolittle is one of seven former Cavaliers to be playing in the MLB postseason this year, but the only one who got hitched this week. Congratulations and best of luck to two of our favorite people!

DLKFtlUXoAUF8Fk.jpgFormer #UVAMBB player Justin Anderson is participating in the SCORE (Sixers Creating Opportunities, Resources, and Encouragement for Youth) program, an intensive youth engagement initiative. Developed in partnership with faculty at Drexel University, this in-classroom program focuses on helping students develop a sense of social and emotional well being, physical strength and agility, and academic habits and skills that lead to success. The program is rooted in research-based curriculum that includes activity and outcomes metrics to measure its benefits and effectiveness for the young people who participate. Anderson, who is extremely active in many community enhancement programs, his pictured above with his buddy in the program, Daniel, a stand-out student.



Silver Hoo

DLD7cAyUQAADZI5.jpgCongratulations to former #UVASoftball player and current #USRowing sculler Meghan O'Leary who won a silver medal on Sunday at the World Championships in the double scull. O'Leary and her partner Ellen Tomek, have raced in five championship finals, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but had never finished above sixth place prior to yesterday's result. Click here to read more about their achievement here.


Etienne Jr.jpgIn other national team news, former #UVAMSOC player and current New York Red Bulls forward Derrick Etienne Jr., has been called up by the Haiti National Team for a friendly against Japan on Oct. 10. Etienne Jr. represented the Haitian Senior Team most recently the 2017 Gold Cup Playoffs in March. He scored his first international goal in a win against Trinidad & Tobago in which Haiti qualified for the Gold Cup Playoffs.

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