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Ethan
O'Day

Ethan discovered his passion for working with youth in 2013 while he was pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Public Communication at the University of Vermont. While he spent the school year pursuing his degree and hoping to get into professional basketball, he spent his summer coaching youth basketball teams. After graduation, he spent a few months working as a substitute teacher.

 

In November of 2016, he was drafted 71st in the 2016 NBA D- League Draft and he spent the better part of the next year and a half playing professional basketball. Throughout this time, he continued to work with schools and youth teams conducting basketball clinics as a skills coach.

 

After his time as a professional basketball player, Ethan returned to working with youth, first as a coach, and then as an Assistant Director for an after school program and a behavioral specialist. He has discovered that he has a knack and a passion for working with youth that he just can’t deny.

 

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Jack
Sundberg

Jack attended Avon Old Farms School where he became the Captain of the Football, Baseball, and Basketball Teams. He went on to receive numerous awards including the prestigious Jennings and Murray Cups. 

After graduation, Jack went on to the University of Connecticut to continue his studies and his athletic career. Jack graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Civil Rights.  He was Co-Captain of the American Athletic Championship Team in 2016 and won several more awards for his hard work and achievements while he attended UConn. 

In 2016, Jack was drafted in the Major League Baseball draft by the Washington Nationals. He continues to play with the 2019 World Champion Organization as a professional baseball player. He was the recipient of the Heart and Hustle award in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  

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Margaret Sundberg

Margaret currently works as a quantitative trader and portfolio manager at Volaris Capital Management.  Prior to joining Volaris, she received her Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Connecticut where she studied molecular dynamics using ultrafast optical laser pulses.

 

Margaret also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Eckerd College where she competed as an NCAA student-athlete and served as the basketball team captain. She received the Harry W. Ellis Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physics. Margaret transferred to Eckerd College from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) where she was also a member of the Varsity basketball team.

 

Prior to leaving for university in Canada, Margaret attended Choate Rosemary Hall as a post-graduate student where she was captain of the basketball team and received the Caroline Ruutz-Rees Award for the greatest contribution to athletics in the sixth form. Margaret grew up in Connecticut and played high school basketball at E.O. Smith High School where she was All-State player and a McDonald’s All-American Nominee. 

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Matthew Porter

Matthew’s passion for football started young.  As the son of a former NFL player and Chicago Police officer, he remembers that football permeated his upbringing, but his family never let him lose sight of the importance of academics.  He excelled at football at his public high school in Chicago and then decided on a post graduate year at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford CT.  He went on to be a four-year football starter at Trinity College in Connecticut while pursuing his degree.  Post-graduation he knew he wanted to combine his love for sports and his knack for working with young people with his educational accomplishments.  He now teaches Psychology as well as coaches football, basketball, and track and field at The Williston Northampton School in western Massachusetts.   Matthew realizes that Football and Sports in general can cultivate many positive ideals such as teamwork, perseverance, and the valuing and trusting of others. Through coaching and teaching he aims to help young people become leaders on and off the field.

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