Chloe Rothman ’15, Fellow, Shooting Touch Basketball Health Corps.
“There are numerous skills that I have gained over the years from being a part of the Merrimack College community that have shaped me to be the person I am today, but the combination of community service opportunities was what amplified my passion for helping others less fortunate than I.”
Chloe acknowledges programming such as Austin Scholars, Mack Gives Back, and Habitat for Humanity for her passion in community service. She also commends her experience with the women’s basketball team, where she learned invaluable soft skills that she now uses in her professional career.
“I’m thankful for the compassion towards others that I’ve built up over the years, for the physical and mental adversity I faced in the classroom, athletic training room, basketball court and weight room, and the support I’ve had along the way in doing these things. None of these opportunities were experienced on my own, but always with help from those in the community.”
After graduation, Chloe went on to play professional basketball in Israel for a year. She then discovered the nonprofit, Shooting Star, where she had the opportunity to blend both passions into one – basketball and giving back. As part of the fellowship program, Chloe currently works for Shooting Star in Rwanda.
“I’m situated in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, aiming to empower youth and women using the sport of basketball. We use basketball as a fun tool to help teach health education. We are the only youth basketball league in Rwanda and we hold annual tournaments and events surrounding health and basketball.”
Shooting Star also teaches English to women, holds coaching clinics for Rwandese coaches, and provides health insurance to all family members of the players. Chloe has plans to stay with Shooting Star at the end of her program in a full-time position with the organization.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
Being a part of the Merrimack Women’s Basketball team has taught me how to work with others, how to lead others when necessary, and how to strategically and efficiently complete group tasks. Being a member of the team has also gotten me to think deeper about myself, specifically how to positively affect someone else by passing on the strengths I possess and on the other end, how to work on my weaknesses to transform them into strengths. Being an athletic training major taught me dedication more than anything. If you want to be good at something, you have to put the necessary time in to get there. Hours upon hours of classroom and clinical education helped me to discover a commitment capacity I never knew existed.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Focus on what’s right in front of you. Do the best you can possibly do with the current task at hand and, if you do that well and with passion, things will fall into place for the future.
Why are you Merrimack Proud?
A year ago, someone asked me: what was the best decision I’ve made in my young life? I told them it was committing to Merrimack College. I grew more than I could have ever imagined during my four years there. I’m proud to say that the College has had a major role in transforming me into the person I’ve always envisioned being for the rest of my life.