Caitlin Bricketto Selected For DBI Victory Scholars Program
RIVERDALE, NY – Manhattan College graduate Caitlin Bricketto has been chosen to participate in the Dubai Business Internships (DBI) Victory Scholars program, a 10-month business training internship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She was nominated by the Sport Changes Life Foundation, a Belfast-based charity, for one of two student-athlete places on the 2017-18 program, which will allow her to study, do business and contribute to sports initiatives in Dubai.
Bricketto was selected for the program along with Jessica Boal, a golfer from Northern Ireland. They will participate in the Victory Scholars opening ceremony at Nike Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan before beginning the program in late August.
They will spend an academic year in Dubai, where they will gain an immersive knowledge of international business and build commercial skillsets. In addition, Bricketto and Boal will help shape initiatives to encourage youth sports participation and engagement.
“I am honored and extremely excited to have been chosen for this amazing opportunity,” Bricketto said. “Being able to further my passion for tennis—in the international sports market—is a dream of mine. I can't wait to see what my future as a DBI associate brings!”
Developed by the Sport Changes Life Foundation in conjunction with Ulster University, the Victory Scholars program gives elite-level U.S. college athletes the opportunity to complete graduate degrees while using the power of sport to transform young peoples' lives through community engagement. The program is part of a collaboration with the Rory Foundation, the charitable organization founded by pro golfer Rory McIlroy.
“We have been working with Sport Changes Life since early 2016, meeting the scholars in New York before they travelled to Ireland and watching the excellent work they do on the ground delivering meaningful change to disadvantaged children,” Rory Foundation CEO Barry Funston said. “We are delighted to be announcing this new initiative giving two young people a fantastic opportunity to travel and mix business and sport. This program brings a truly international dimension to the initiative and we could not be happier.”
A 2015 graduate with a degree in marketing, Bricketto was a four-year letterwinner in tennis and served as team captain during her senior season. She was also the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and she represented the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) at NCAA meetings. The 2015 recipient of the SAAC Community Service Award, Bricketto was awarded a MAAC postgraduate scholarship, as well as Manhattan's Jasper Award, which goes to the graduating student-athlete on each team with the highest cumulative GPA.She later worked for the Department of Athletics as the Operations Manager, working primarily with the Jasper Club, as well as overseeing the SAAC. Bricketto received her MBA from Manhattan in May 2017.