Some alumni have found professional success on or around the sports fields and stadiums. Please submit your own nominations and submissions to the alumni office.

Ben Gucciardi '02 - Founding Director Soccer Without Borders

I started the non-profit organization Soccer Without Borders (SWB) and have been running the organization since 2006. I divide my time between working as a mentor/coach for newcomer refugee and immigrant youth at SWB Oakland and as a support for the 8 other SWB program locations around the world that use the power of soccer to support and engage underserved youth.
Why he chose this profession: I am interested in helping our society see the ways we are interconnected and I believe soccer can be a powerful tool to achieve that aim. Soccer Without Borders combines many of the things I am most passionate about, I feel very fortunate to work with so many people from around the world who have taught me so much. Website.


Jenny Rosenthal Hitchings '82 - Master's Sub "Elite" Distance Runner and Coach

I never considered myself an athlete in high school, but in college, I found my passion for running. Later, with some proper training, I discovered an untapped talent and I was running more competitively by my late 30's (I missed qualifying for the 2012 Marathon Olympic Trials by 10 sec.)

Sacramento Running Association’s Outstanding Women’s Senior Marathon Athlete of 2013, a 2:46 marathoner (Eugene Marathon, 2011); Women’s winner of the Rocket City Marathon (December 2011); 2nd place woman and 1st Masters at the American River 50 Endurance Run (April, 2012); women’s winner Quicksilver 50k trail run (May, 2012), Running Times Magazine “Age Group Ace” (June 2011 issue); nationally ranked 6th in age division in 2011 in the marathon. 2nd place age-division winner Boston Marathon (April, 2013)

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