Nov. 6, 2017
Shilah Richardson - University of Buffalo
Why is MOAA so important to you?
MOAA allows me to connect with professionals who are like me. I can learn what other schools are doing and see how I can improve the office I work in. It also helps me grow as a professional in the field.
Name something unknown by most about you.
I enjoy playing videogames in my spare time. My favorites are the NBA 2K or Madden games.
Why did you choose your chosen profession?
I enjoy being in athletics and around athletes. I've always wanted to show people that you can be an athlete and still be successful in the classroom.
What is one of the greatest aspects of being involved in athletics?
Watching the athletes I work with mature from their first year to their last. To hear them say they what they are going to be doing after they graduate makes me think back to when they first arrived, and to see the steps they took become successful reminds me of why I chose this profession.
What is the most unexpected benefit to working in collegiate athletics?
It doesn't feel like a job. I get to work with people who enjoy being here. Every day isn't always good but I never hear anyone seriously say they are going to quit.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
I didn't take my first vacation until this past summer, but if I had to choose a place I would have to say Greece since I love Greek mythology.
If you could spend one day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
I would want to spend a day with my mom. My mom was always my go to person when things got hard. I could always talk to her about anything. I would want to tell her all of the things I have accomplished up to this point.
What is your favorite movie? Why?
Bad Boys because it is a mixture of action and comedy. Plus Will Smith is my favorite actor.
What advice would you give yourself about the first five years of your career?
Enjoy every moment, learn as much as you can and don't worry too much about the next step. If you've done everything you needed to do the opportunity will be there.
What would you tell a younger professional about the benefits of being a member of MOAA?
It creates opportunities for you to grow, expand your network, and learn what others are doing to make athletics better.
About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com. MOAA is partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.