About the Authors
Suzanne Bergenhenegouwen is a research and curriculum development assistant for the Spring 2013 semester. She is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Being a speed-skater in elementary school and a basketball player since the age of 11, sports has impacted her life from an early age. Suzanne used her experience in basketball to work with youth at a summer camp, where she organized sport events for children of single-parent families. For several years, she has also coached the game of basketball to local youth. Originally from Groningen, her interest in the American society sparked during her senior year at a high school in Fort Worth, TX, and from conversations with her grandfather, who saw family members crossing the pond in search of a better life. Working at Sport in Society gives her the opportunity to experience working in society at first hand, while hoping to make a difference in it. She therefore hopes to be valuable as an assistant in research and curriculum development during her time in Boston.
Favorite quote: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
Kate Barnosky is an intern with Sport in Society. She is originally from Long Island, NY. Kate is currently in her second year of her master’s program in child development at Tufts University and is the graduate assistant coach of the women’s basketball team. Kate attended Tufts as an undergraduate as well, where she was a three-year captain of the basketball team. While interning at Sport in Society, Kate is also working at Doc Wayne Youth Services.
As an undergraduate college athlete, Kate was recognized as a first team all NESCAC selection, second team all Northeast region and held leadership roles as captain and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Kate hopes to find a career where she can utilize her master’s degree in child development combined with her extensive athletic experience. She finds Sport in Society to be a perfect combination of these goals and is excited to work and learn with the organization.
Favorite Quote: “Never give up. Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” -Jim Valvano
Betsy Gardner is currently a full-time intern and facilitator with Sport in Society. She graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a BA in Art History and a concentration in Art Education. As the middle of five children, Betsy grew up participating in both informal and formal team sports. In college she played for the Boston University women’s rugby team, and coached rugby in Charlestown through the Citizen Schools program.
Originally from Worcester, MA, Betsy has worked for several non profit programs, most notably spending nine years with the Worcester Partnership Program, a summer education program for inner city students. She also initiated an independent research project with the Worcester Police Gang Unit during her junior year at Boston University. Betsy most recently worked as the curriculum coordinator and co-teacher for an after school program at a Montessori school in Boston.
Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
My name is Chibuzor “Prince” Kalu, I am a junior in the business management field with a minor in communication. I hail from a small village in Nigeria, where I resided with my parents and two sisters. I since moved from Nigeria five years ago in pursuit of my own American dream in hopes of eradicating my parents financial instability. Hailing from a country where different sport are being exercised and appreciated, I developed a strong bond and an unending relationship for different sports. I went to Dorchester Academy where I participated in different sports such as soccer, basketball and track. Winning no championship ring or cup in either of the sports, but I helped to cultivate a great sense of leadership, and racked up productive and winning seasons. Though my skills didn’t enable me play fro a college team, it enabled me play on different intramural as well as club teams.
My unending love for sports has led me to realizing that it is the remedy to many problems. Sports has been my means of attacking certain issues as well as solving problematic prejudice. If I’m not playing sports, then I’m watching it or reading about it. I have always dreamed of possibly playing at a professional level for any sport team but most especially a soccer team. My favorite soccer team is Chelsea FC and I am a “Die-hard” Celtics fan. I tend to garner my leadership aura from former Celtics Player Kevin Garnet. I tend to result to sports to solve many social issues that I, my peers or my organizations might be confronted with; Hence, my passion to intern with the Sports in Society. Nothing brings people together like sports do.
Favorite quotes: In due time, anything is possible.
Matt Sperry is currently an intern with Sport in Society. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 2012 with a BA in Philosophy focusing on Existentialism, Mind and Ethics. Matt grew up playing soccer and tennis, took up football in high school, and played club rugby in college alongside intramural soccer.
Raised in Wellesley, MA Matt has spent the last twelve summers attending and then working at Camp Lanakila in Fairlee, VT. There he ran the Riflery department as its youngest head ever and most recently has developed the staff and program for the Arts department. He also spends time leading youth hiking trips.
Favorite Quote: “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”-Albert Camus