SportsHopes Spotlight: July 9, 2016

Dynamic siblings they are, Terrence “TJ” Daniel and Martina Daniel, of Hayward, CA. In 2016 TJ graduated from University of Oregon with two degrees, a BA in Journalism (with an emphasis in Advertising) and a BA in Social Science (with an emphasis in Applied Economics). Younger sister, Martina, in 2016 graduated from Bishop O’Dowd Catholic High School in Oakland, CA, and will attend Xavier University (a historically black, private, Catholic college) located in New Orleans, LA. TJ played football while at U of O and has one season left to play which he plans to do this year. During his high school years he was a football player and basketball player, but as happens with a lot of Student-Athletes it is hard to get visibility to college coaches as there are so many high school and community college student-athletes vying for the same limited number of slots at four-year colleges. To better position himself while in high school TJ took the time to prepare and reach out to college coaches via emails and phone calls, he had his academic transcript ready, he had taken the SAT test, he had his video highlights and stats available. Connections were established with college coaches and he was recruited to Oregon. Martina competed in volleyball, basketball and cheerleading during her high school and middle school years. She loves sports but at this time plans to focus on academics at Xavier, a school she chose as a good fit for its excellence in the field of sciences. In a 2015 New York Times Magazine article, Xavier University was praised for being a top pathway producer to medical school for blacks. Great job, TJ and Martina, we are proud of you and look forward to seeing the positive impacts you will have in our world!