Student-Athlete Mentors

  • Alex Foster is a December 2015 graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. He majored in Human Services. While at Texas Tech he also competed on the track team in middle distance competitions. During his high school years Alex competed in track & field and basketball. He currently works in the corporate business world. Home base: Castro Valley, CA.

    “I Can’t is never used in an athlete’s vocabulary”

  • Ben Davis is a senior at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. He is majoring in Social Welfare. Ben transferred to Cal from Merritt Community College in Oakland, CA. While at Merritt and also during his first year at Cal he competed in the horizontal jumps (long jump/triple jump) for the track & field teams. Going into his second year at Cal he decided to focus solely on academics. In his spare time Ben helps coach youth track and field. During his high school years he competed in track & field and basketball. Home base: San Leandro, CA.

    “It is far better to compete than regret, so give it your all”

  • BriAnna Miller is a 2015 graduate of California State University, Sacramento, in Sacramento, CA, where she studied Economics. She is currently working in the corporate business world and plans to return to college to earn a Master’s degree in Economics or Business. While in high school she competed in track & field and basketball. Home base: Hayward, CA.

    “Change your work ethic or change your goals”

  • Damion Rosby, Jr. is a senior at California State University,Stanislaus, in Turlock, CA, where he is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Promotion and a minor in Psychology. One of his goals is to earn a Masters in Athletic Training. During his high school years he competed in track & field and football. Home base: Turlock, CA.

    “Whatever you want in life go get it, as it might not come to you”

  • Dominic Revelez, Jr. is a 2015 graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he majored in Exercise Science. He is pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant. Prior to that he will work as a physical therapy/rehab aide in order to earn the 2000 hours of work experience required in order to attend a school that offers the physician’s assistant program. During his years at Willamette he competed on the football team as he also did while in high school. Home base: Dublin, CA.

    “Strong faith never quits under pressure”

  • Donovan Kimball is a freshman at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a 2016 graduate of James Logan High School in Union City, CA. While in high school he competed on the football and basketball teams. Football is his favorite sport and he has welcomed an opportunity to train and walk-on to UNLV Football. Donovan has many fields of interest and will focus on selecting a major after he completes his first two years of undergraduate studies. Home base: Union City, CA

    “Keep persevering. It’s what you do when challenges occur that will lead you to success.”

  • Garvey Buchongo is a freshman at Califonia State University, Sonoma, where she will compete in track and field. Garvey is a 2016 graduate of Hercules High School in Hercules, CA. During her high school years she competed in track and field and she also founded a tiny organization called “The Freedom to Run” project which donates lightly used track and field shoes and clothes to youth in need who participate in the sport. Garvey is interested in Kinesiology as a major. Home base: Hercules, CA

    “Be an inspiration to yourself. Self-motivation is the basis for inspiring others.”

  • Ian Hutchinson is a freshman at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, where he will compete in cross country and track. Ian is a 2016 graduate of Newark Memorial High School in Newark, CA. While in high school he also competed in cross county and track distance races. Ian plans to study Business and will apply to the Haas School of Business at Cal. Home base: Newark, CA

    “Never forget who has helped you along the way. Without them many things would not be possible.”

  • Juan Emanuel Morales is a senior at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, where he is a student in the School of Engineering. He transferred to Cal from Chabot Community College in Hayward, CA. He competed in cross country and track for Chabot and also competed while in high school. At Cal he also participates in club running. Home base: Hayward, CA.
    “A rough start never defines a final result.”

  • Taylor Hollis is a 2016 graduate of Soka University in Aliso Viejo, CA, where she studied Liberal Arts and International Relations. She is currently a pre-med student at Columbia University in New York. During her undergrad college years she worked in Japan as a writing consultant and interned in the southeastern African country of Malawi as a teacher. While at Soka she competed on the soccer team and track team just as she did during her high school years. Home base: Newark, CA.

    “Work hard constantly. Practice like a champion.
    Your competition is working hard to beat you”

  • Terrence “TJ” Daniel is a 2016 graduate of University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. He earned two degrees, a BA in Journalism (with an emphasis in Advertising) and a BA in Social Science (with an emphasis in Applied Economics). He is on the Oregon football team and will play a final season this fall 2016. During his high school years he competed in football and basketball. Home base: Hayward, CA.

    “Life can be short. Tomorrow is not promised.
    Things can change. Go for opportunities today”

Founding Student-Athlete Mentors

  • Alyssa Boisse is a 2014 graduate of California State University, East Bay, in Hayward, CA, where she majored in Human Development. She is working fulltime as a business administrator for a local corporation and is very interested in the field of human resources. She is also a dance instructor and dancer and participated in the athletic art throughout her college and high school years. Home base: Castro Valley, CA.

    Alyssa is a Founding Student-Athlete Mentor

    “It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer”

  • Dash Oliver is a 2014 graduate of UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, where he majored in Legal Studies. After graduating he was chosen by the PAC-12 Networks to work in a paid six-month internship for the PAC-12 in San Francisco, CA. Dash is currently an assistant track & field coach at his local high school and teaching within his local school district. He is also an administrator for an Olympic-style weight lifting and power lifting training facility. Dash plans to pursue a career in collegiate athletics administration and/or coaching. He is USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certified and will pursue Level 2 in 2017. While at Cal he competed on the track team as a sprinter. During his high school years he competed in track and football. Home base: Castro Valley, CA.

    Dash is a Founding Student-Athlete Mentor

    “I would rather someone say I inspire them, then say I am the best”

  • Jimmy Woodard is a 2013 graduate of UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, where he majored in Legal Studies. After graduating from Cal he went to work for a local law firm, studied for and passed the LSAT exam and applied to law schools. Jimmy is now in his third and final year as a law student at the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles, CA. He will graduate in Spring 2017 and pursue a job with a law firm. His career goal is to be a sports and entertainment lawyer. During his high school years he was a three-sport athlete and competed in football, track and basketball. Home base: Castro Valley, CA.

    Jimmy is a Founding Student-Athlete Mentor

    “Success is something you attract by the person you become”

It is a goal of SportsHopes to have Student-Athlete Mentor volunteers available to mentor local high school and community college student-athletes in the local area, assist at fundraisers and events, as well as write articles pertaining to the pathway. Each Mentor is required to assist a minimum of once a year in order to retain status as a Mentor for SportsHopes. Mentors must be local high school graduates who competed in varsity high school sports and are either on pathway to move forward to a four-year college, are currently attending a four-year college or have recently graduated from a four-year college. If you are between the ages of 17-26 and are interested in becoming a Student-Athlete Mentor please Contact SportsHopes via Email or Facebook!