Two We Are GAME graduates with remarkable diplomas and clear paths | app

TORRANCE, Calif., July 13, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Two more student-athletes who logged on to We Are GAME (Getting Athletes Mentoring and Education) put what they learned into practice. Now, their GAME foundation has propelled them to success as they not only get important degrees, but also jobs.

Dakota Jones, a basketball player and graduate of West High School in Torrance, Calif., recently completed her master’s degree in public health at New York University with a 3.75 GPA and a job offer. Alyssa Charles, a softball player who attended Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif., graduated from Menlo College in Northern California with a degree in accounting, a 3.96 GPA, no student loan debt and a use. Clearly, We Are GAME emphasized the student-athlete part for these two young women, setting them on the path to success.

Charles says We Are GAME’s Joyce and Allen Thigpen were instrumental in helping him explore his college options, looking at everything from pros and cons to prize money. “We Are GAME has really helped my college career,” she explains. And it paid off, literally. Charles, who is part of the first generation of his family to graduate from college, personally repaid his student loans while in school. She graduates without student debt thanks to the jobs she held while pursuing her studies.

Charles’ involvement in We Are GAME also helped her plan her post-graduate career. Allen Thigpen connected her with mentors in the accounting world. As a result, she has been able to shop around for her options and is confidently heading into audit accounting as she develops her career. After completing two summer internships at KPMG International, one of the Big Four accounting organizations, she joined their team full-time.

While at Menlo College, Charles was on the Dean’s List for all four years. She was also:

* The manager of her softball team

* In the weightlifting team

*Latinx Club President

* Secretary of the accounting club

* A Resident Assistant (RA)

* Member of the Alpha Chi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies

Jones had an equally illustrious post-high school career. At Lesley University in the Boston area, where she earned her degree in psychology, she served as captain for three years with two full honors conference nominations. Not only did she finish her basketball career there with over 1,000 points, but she also set the college single-game record with 25 rebounds.

It wasn’t all basketball for Jones. She graduated with four semesters on the dean’s list and got an internship at Harvard University, where she was a research assistant in a social psychology lab. This led her to her current path. Not only did Jones complete her master’s degree in public health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences, but she also landed a job. Jones accepted a position as a research grants specialist for Georgetown University Medical Center.

These two women applied what they learned at We Are GAME to not only support their athletic careers after high school, but also to chart their path to meaningful careers as adults. Both graduates with notable degrees go straight to positions that match their skills and interests.

About We Are GAME:

We are GAME, Inc. is comprised of a TEAM (Those Empowering Athletes by Mentoring) of community members strongly committed to empowering student-athletes with the tools and skills to successfully enter the world of college athletics. L’EQUIPE serves a population of students who need support, advice and, above all, life guidance.

By identifying student-athletes in ninth grade or earlier, the nonprofit aims to positively impact their lives. We Are GAME mentors want to see young athletes develop to their maximum athletic potential, but ensure that students are also focused on education. Mentors work with students and their parents to create a game plan for pursuing academic excellence as well as athletic success.

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