Melinda Rhoads did not know what handball was when she was volunteered to try out for a national team on site at her university. She and her teammates basically started from scratch in their early 20s, competing against life-long handball players on the international stage. They worked extremely hard, and fought their way to an Olympic birth, where they were able to claim fourth place in Los Angeles. Since then, she takes pride in having raised three athletic daughters, shares her Olympic experience with as many people as possible, passes on her wisdom to teens through coaching basketball, and teaches as a paraprofessional at the local high school.
Mike McDonald: Stanford Basketball Player Helping Athletes Recover Faster in the Medical Device Industry
Basketball was always part of Mike McDonald’s life, as his father, Glenn McDonald, had a long career as an NBA player and coach. Mike utilized his time at Stanford not only by helping his team remain one of the top in the country, but by taking advantage of academic and networking opportunities. After getting his master’s degree, he decided to pursue a career outside of basketball instead of play overseas — which has ultimately led to him working for the leader in sports medicine products.