The alumni association nominated Walsh because she made a “documentable impact” in her chosen field “while also demonstrating dedication to the University of West Georgia, and its mission of teaching, research and service,” according to a release from the university.
Walsh, a Douglasville resident, graduated in the summer of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and began her current position in December.
“In college I worked with the Athletic Department the whole time…I spoke to the Atlanta Dream in April…I began interning then got a job in sales,” Walsh said.
Walsh started out as an inside sales representative, but was promoted after eight months to her current position at the end of the 2012 season. She was ranked by the WNBA in the top 20 of the league in group sales and doubled her goal from her first year.
“It felt good to be the newbie and doing so well…I didn’t think I would do so well. I don’t like to sell and ask people for money, but I believe in the WNBA,” Walsh said.
Living in Arizona for part of her childhood, Walsh said she saw her first WNBA game there and decided she wanted to play basketball.
As a senior at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Walsh had to undergo knee surgery which prompted her to pursue sports medicine for a short period of time, though she added, “It wasn’t for me so I changed to sports management.”
In her position, Walsh gets to combine her passion for sports with her love for working with youth as she helps to organize assembly programs at elementary and middle schools.
“We put on an hourlong program to teach the kids to get fit and be healthy…We work with the different teams to promote themselves and do fundraisers,” said Walsh. “I’ve done a lot of good things that I’m definitely proud of, but that’s not the end for me.”