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Scarlet Knights For Life Focuses On Career Readiness

Scarlet Knights For Life Focuses On Career Readiness

Following a good night’s sleep in the hotel, the 14 Big Ten ambassadors met in the lobby for breakfast and were on the go from that point forward.

“Our first meeting was with a lot of people from CBS and the Big Ten. We met with the CBS producers and executive producers. We got to meet with the head of the diversity, equity, inclusion for CBS,” Bates said. “They basically introduced us to the program. After that, we headed over to the Big Ten Tournament games that day.

“At the arena, we went into the TV trucks, met a bunch of people in there. After that, we went on a tour of the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) practice facilities,” she added. “Then we went back to the games and met a lot of people,” she added. “I got to meet all of the announcers – Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson, Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery. I got to work with the talent as we were given the choice of what area we could work with.”

For Bates, the day of the semifinals on Saturday was her best day yet.

“That was so much fun. I had the opportunity to shadow Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) and I was able to be behind the camera while she interviewed the coaches during the game,” she said. “Me and another girl got to shadow her when she was going back and forth between the coaches, and we took notes. That was really cool for me since I’m thinking of one day being an on-air broadcaster. Then on Sunday, we had the chance to meet Jessica Poole, Chief Operating Officer, President of the Minnesota Aurora FC soccer team. She’s a black woman in a high profession. So we got to speak with her and learn about her background.”

A 6-foot-3 guard/forward, Bates has played a key role on the floor in her two seasons at RU. She had the third-most blocks in the Big Ten this season with 46 (1.5 per game). She also emerged as one of the team’s top playmaker on offense, ranking 14th in the Big Ten in assists with 95, averaging 3.2 per game.

After starring at Notre Dame High School in her native Easton, Pennsylvania, Bates transferred to Rutgers Prep for her senior season, where she played for Rutgers Hall of Famer Mary Coyle-Klinger, who Bates calls a “brilliant” coach. In addition to playing for Klinger, one of “the best” parts of playing for Rutgers Prep was having her grandparents in the stands each game as Bates lived in their Bound Brook home that year.

Bates actually made a verbal pledge to Rutgers following her junior season of high…

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