Graduating Master’s Student Molly Owens

Posted: April 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm, Last Updated: May 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

mollyMolly started working for Mason Recreation December, 2010 and has worked as CSA, MOD, Club Sports Program Assistant, as well as being a member of the Development and Leadership Team.  She says she’s been in sports her whole life, so working for Mason Rec made sense.

Molly played soccer from an early age through high school where she was captain of her Woodbridge High School team her senior year.  She wanted to continue to play in college, so she joined Intramural and Club Soccer as a freshman and is currently the Women’s Club coach.

Recently she’s been able to further her experience in the sports world and move toward her goal of working in sports and international relations.  Her time spent interning with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Education Department and SportsUnited within the State Department, has reinforced that goal.

While working with the USOC Coaching Education Department, Molly assisted visiting coaches and athletes as they attended their cutting-edge training and educational sessions.  She exclaims, “It was amazing and I’d like to go back there to work!”

Within the past week Molly completed her internship with the State Department working with SportsUnited.  Their goal is to strengthen relations between the United States and other nations by using sports as a way to break through socio-economic and language barriers.  During her time with the SportsUnited, Molly worked as liaison for coaches and athletes from all over the world while they attended clinics and educational sessions.  As liaison, she assisted the visitors when needed.  Her most recent group, young runners from Australia, attended the Sports Visitors Program for two weeks.  While here, they worked out and participated in fun runs.  The grand finale of their visit was attending the Penn Relays.

She says that interning for both groups was great and she is excited about working in the field of sports and international relations.

Molly is graduating in May with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

By Jennifer Lehman, MS RYT