China Jude: Asst VP/Athletics-Queens College/CUNY | One to One

China Jude: Asst VP/Athletics-Queens College/CUNY | One to One


♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪>>>HELLO, I’M SHERYL McCARTHY OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. WELCOME TO “ONE TO ONE.” I’M DELIGHTED TO WELCOME ONE OF THE CITY’S UNIVERSITY’S OWN CHINA JUDE, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS AT CUNY’S QUEEN COLLEGE MEANING SHE’S BEEN THE COLLEGE’S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SINCE 2011. THIS PUT HER AMONG THE 2% OF ETHNIC MINORITY FEMALES THAT ARE ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AT ALL NCAA INSTITUTIONS. HER PATH BROUGHT HER TO THE QUEENS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AND SHE’LL TELL US WHAT THE PATH LOOKED LIKE, TRYING TO RAISE THE LEVEL OF ATHLETICS, AND WHAT ARE HER GOALS FOR FEMALE AND ETHNIC MINORITY ADVANCEMENT TO ALL LEVELS OF THE NCAA. WELCOME.>>THANK YOU.>>I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR NAME. PERFECT STAGE NAME, PERFECT FOR AN ATHLETE. IS THAT YOUR GIVEN NAME?>>IT IS MY GIVEN NAME. MY FULL NAME IS CHINA LEE JUDE, YES.>>WOW. YOU GREW UP IN A SUBURB OF CHICAGO. HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPORTS?>>WELL, I WAS PRETTY MUCH A SHY PERSON, AND I TRIED SO MANY ACTIVITIES GROWING UP, AND I DECIDED TO TRY OUT SPORTS, FOUND OUT I WAS GOOD AT IT, RECEIVED A LOT OF ACCOLADES. MY CONFIDENCE GREW, AND I JUST GOT ADDICTED TO IT.>>YOU TALK ABOUT PLAYING BASKETBALL IN A BASEMENT WITH YOUR BROTHER?>>YES, YES. ONE OF THE THINGS WAS THE BASEMENT CEILING WAS LOW, SO IT WAS PERFECT FOR MY SHORT HEIGHT. I WAS 9, 10 YEARS OLD, AND MY BROTHER HAD A BASKETBALL, AND WE WERE IN THE BASEMENT, AND HE WAS PUSHING AND SHOVING A LOT, AND HE SAID IF I’M GOING TO PLAY THIS SPORT, I HAVE TO BE TOUGH.>>RIGHT.>>IT’S A TOUGH SPORT.>>IT IS A TOUGH SPORT.>>I REMEMBER MY FIRST — IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, KNICKS WERE BETTER, I WAS AMAZING HOW BIG AND ROUGH THE GAME IS.>>YEAH.>>SO YOU GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, AGE 15 OR 16?>>FINISHED AT 16. I WAS DONE WITH THE COURSE WORK AT 15. MY MOTHER WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO GO TO COLLEGE. SHE SAID I COULDN’T EVEN DRIVE, I’M NOT GOING TO GO TO COLLEGE SO I TOOK CLASSES ON THE SIDE.>>OKAY.>>AND MADE SURE I TOOK PHYSICAL EDUCATION AS WELL BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO TAKE PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ORDER TO BE IN GOOD STANDING, AND I FINISHED OUT MY SENIOR YEAR, AND I WENT TO COLLEGE.>>IN ALABAMA.>>IN ALABAMA.>>ALABAMA STATE.>>MY FAMILY IS FROM ALABAMA, MOM IS FROM BIRMINGHAM, FATHER IS FROM MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE SO WAY OF CONVINCING HER WAS TO ALLOW ME TO TRYOUT AT ALABAMA STATE, ASKED HER FOR $90 TO TAKE THE BUS FROM CHICAGO TO ALABAMA TO TRY OUT. THERE WERE 80 GIRLS. I WAS ONE OF EIGHT THAT MADE THE TEAM.>>OKAY. SCHOLARSHIP? FULL SCHOLARSHIP?>>ALL RIGHT, YEAH.>>WOW. BUT YOUR GRADES WEREN’T SO GOOD, YOU WERE HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME, RIGHT?>>OH, YES, THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT TOO WELL, SO B, C, D, AND F WAS A REPORT CARD. I HAD TO WAKE UP, I DIDN’T WANT TO GO BACK TO CHICAGO, SO I JOINED THE MILITARY. MY FATHER IS MILITARY. MY UNCLES ARE MILITARY –>>THE NAVY?>>THE NAVY.>>ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU EVER DID.>>MADE ME THINK BIGGER. AT THAT TIME, 18 YEARS OLD, YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT BOYS AND PARTIES AND GOING INTO THE UNITED STATES NAVY WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE. IT REALLY MADE ME THINK THAT THERE ARE MORE ISSUES THAN PARTIES, SO I DID MY BASIC TRAINING AS WELL AS A.T. SCHOOL AND RETURNED BACK TO SCHOOL, AND I MADE THE DEAN’S LIST. REJOINED THE VOLLYBALL TEAM I GOT MY SCHOLARSHIP BACK, WHICH I REALLY DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANYWAY BECAUSE THE MILITARY PAID FOR THAT, BUT I WOUND UP GETTING THE SCHOLARSHIP BACK AND WOUND UP FINISHING MY COLLEGIATE CAREER.>>AND IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM?>>THAT IS CORRECT. AND WORKED IN THAT FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS.>>DESCRIBE SORT OF BRIEFLY THE PATH THAT TOOK YOU FROM A GRADUATE BROADCAST JOURNALISM MAJOR TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW.>>WOW.>>I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.>>YEAH. I’LL DO IT SHORT. WHAT HAPPENED WAS I WORKED IN RADIO IN TELEVISION AND HAD A GREAT TIME, WORKED FOR MULTIPLE RADIO STATIONS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AT ONE POINT, WORKED AT COMPETING RADIO STATIONS AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. IT’S FINE TO DO IT NOW BUT BACK IN THE DAY, IT WAS NOT A GOOD IDEA, AND AFTER THAT, I WOUND UP GETTING MARRIED AND HAVING A CHILD, AND LEFT RADIO AND TELEVISION AND WOUND UP GOING INTO COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES WORK. WORKED FOR A COUPLE POLITICIANS. A LOT OF THE SAY NO TO DRUGS CAMPAIGN, GANG GRAFFITI LOW INCOME HOUSING, REALLY TRYING TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.>>WAS THIS IN ALABAMA?>>ACTUALLY BACK IN ILLINOIS.>>OKAY.>>I RETURNED BACK TO ILLINOIS, WENT INTO MY HOMETOWN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AND SO I KNEW THAT IF I WAS GOING TO SAY NO TO SOMETHING OR AT LEAST SPEAK ABOUT SAYING NO TO GANGS AND DRUGS. I HAD TO SAY YES TO SOMETHING, AND, OF COURSE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES WAS IT. WE STARTED PROGRAMS IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICES, AND NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, AND SOMEONE NOTICED I WAS DOING A GOOD JOB AND SAID I REALLY SHOULD BE MAKING THIS INTO A CAREER. NOW, THE FIRST SUGGESTION WAS BE A POLITICIAN, BUT I KNEW I WANTED TO WORK IN SPORTS. SO I WENT BACK TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AND MAJORED IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT AT THE UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY.>>WHERE IS THAT?>>OUTSIDE OF MOBILE, ALABAMA. VERY SMALL TOWN, A GREAT TOWN, AND SO I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE PROFESSION OF SPORTS. I TELL YA, THAT WAS A GREAT DECISION. WITH THAT OPPORTUNITY, I WORKED FOR A COLLEGIATE BOWL GAME IN FLORIDA, AND THEN I WAS PICKED UP BY A COLLEGE, AND ONE COLLEGE AFTER ANOTHER COLLEGE, AND THIS TIME, COACHING VOLLEYBALL.>>OKAY.>>AND SO AFTER COACHING VOLLEYBALL, I SHINED ON THE ADMINISTRATION SIDE, AND SOMEONE RECOGNIZED THAT, AND SUGGESTED I PURSUE ADMINISTRATION, AND I KNEW THAT I WAS NOT A PERSON THAT WAS IN FRONT OF THE SCENES ALL THE TIME. I DID LIKE TO PRODUCE, DIRECT, COORDINATE, SO I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY, AND HERE I AM.>>SOUNDS LIKE YOU DID WHAT I ADVISE MY STUDENTS TO DO, THAT YOU PURSUIT YOUR VARIOUS INTERESTS. YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, YOU KNOW, YOU MAKE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOURSELF, PICK AMONG THOSE. DO THE BEST YOU CAN, YOU KNOW, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN, OTHER OPPORTUNITIES, AND YOU FOLLOW THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME UP FOR YOU, AND EVEN THOUGH THERE MIGHT BE IN HOW EVERY DIVERSE THEY MIGHT BE.>>YEAH, DEFINITELY. THE GOAL OF BROADCAST JOURNALISM WAS TO TAKE ROBIN ROBINS JOB — I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A SPORTS BROADCASTER, AND I’M GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN RADIO AND TELEVISION. MY PASSION WAS GOING TO BE IN SPORTS, AND IT DIDN’T MATTER WHAT THE JOB WAS AS LONG AS I’M AROUND IT, I’M FINE.>>RIGHT. YOUR COACHING EXPERIENCE WAS IN VOLLEYBALL, RIGHT?>>YES.>>OKAY, OKAY. YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE IN ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATION WAS IT AT COPPIN STATE?>>YES.>>THEN BECAME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT CHENEY INSTITUTION. BOTH PREDOMINANTLY BLACK INSTITUTION.>>YES. COPPIN HIRED ME AS THE VOLLEYBALL COACH, AND — A SMALL DIVISION I ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET MY TEETH CUT IN A LOT OF AREAS AND SO WHEN ONE OF THE ADMINISTRATORS LEFT, THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, ALSO MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH AT THE SAME TIME WOUND UP PROMOTING ME TO BE HIS NO. 2 SO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DABBLE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS, AND WHEN I WIND UP LEAVING, THE PASSING OF MY MOTHER, I LEFT THERE TO RETURN BACK TO FLORIDA TO JUST TRY TO FIND MYSELF, AND I STAYED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA FOR ABOUT ONE ACADEMIC YEAR.>>AS?>>ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH AND SPORTS MANAGEMENT LECTURER. IT WAS INTERESTING. ONE DAY THE PHONE RANG, AND IT WAS A VICE PRESIDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ASKING ME IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN BEING THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS FOR THEM AND I WAS NOT READY TO SIT IN THE CHAIR, AS WE CALL IT, AND I TURNED THE JOB DOWN, BUT HE OFFERED THE NO. 2 POSITION, WHICH WAS THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, AND I SAID, I’LL TAKE IT IF YOU ALLOW ME TO COACH VOLLEYBALL. SO HE OFFERED ME THE POSITION. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DABBLE IN BOTH AREAS.>>RIGHT.>>AND THEN THAT RIGHT THERE WOUND UP LEADING TO ME BEING THE FULL-TIME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY.>>I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT COLLEGE ATHLETICS. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVISION I, II, AND III?>>I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED THAT. DIVISION I IS ON TELEVISION, THE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES THAT DEDICATED THE MOST MONEY TO COLLEGE ATHLETES. NOT ONLY DEDICATING THE MOST MONEY, BUT EARNING A LOT OF MONEY WHEN IT COMES IT TELEVISION REVENUE. STUDENT ATHLETES, WHO, IN MANY CASES, ESPECIALLY FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL, WANT TO GO PROFESSIONAL.>>NOTRE DAME.>>NOTRE DAME, ST. JOHN UNIVERSITY, OHIO STATE. DIVISION II IS WHAT WE’RE AT AT QUEENS COLLEGE. WE ARE THE FOURTH LARGEST DIVISION II IN THE COUNTRY. WE MADE THE DECISION THAT WE WANT TO BE CHAMPIONS ON THE FIELD AND COURT, BUT ACADEMICS IS OUR PRIORITY. SO IN THAT CASE, WE PUT PACKAGES TOGETHER WHERE THERE’S A COMBINATION OF ACADEMIC MONEY AND ATHLETIC MONEY. WE GIVE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND GROW, NOT ONLY IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE MAJOR BUT TO WIN SOME CHAMPIONSHIPS AS WELL. SO THAT’S DIVISION II. DIVISION III, MAJORITY OF THE CUNY SCHOOLS, OTHER THAN QUEENS COLLEGE, THOSE ARE THE INSTITUTIONS WHERE ACADEMICS IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. THEY VALUE SPORTS. THEY WANT STUDENTS TO HAVE A GREAT SPORTS EXPERIENCE, BUT THEY MADE THE DECISION NOT TO PUT ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS ON THE STUDENTS.>>SO IT’S A A MATTER OF HOW MUCH MONEY YOU PUT INTO THE ATHLETICS PROGRAM OPPOSED TO –>>IN MOST CASES BECAUSE EVEN AS DIVISION II INSTITUTION, WE BEAT DIVISION Is IN A NUMBER SPORTS WE HAVE AT QUEENS COLLEGE.>>WHICH IS 19.>>19.>>IN TERMS OF BOTH GENDERS, WE HAVE BASKETBALL, SWIMMING, CROSS COUNTRY, INDOOR TRACK, OUTDOOR TRACK, WE HAVE SOFTBALL. WE HAVE FENCING, ONLY ONE IN FOUR NCAA INSTITUTIONS, DIVISION II INSTITUTIONS HAVE FENCING. VOLLEYBALL.>>VOLLEYBALL.>>OKAY.>>WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE’LL BE BACK WITH MORE WITH CHINA JUDE, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS AT QUEENS COLLEGE.>>>WELCOME BACK TO “ONE TO ONE,” I’M TALKING WITH CHINA JUDE, VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS AT QUEENS COLLEGE. YOU ARE ONE OF ONLY 25 MINORITY ETHNIC FEMALES WHO IS AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OUT OF 1100 NCAA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THAT’S A TINY NUMBER.>>IT IS A TINY NUMBER, AND IT IS DISAPPOINTING. WE HAVE SUCH A LARGE POPULATION OF ETHNIC MINORITY MALES AND FEMALES IN 1100 INSTITUTIONS. DIVISION III BEING THE LARGEST OF ALL THE DIVISIONS, AND THE POPULATION IS PRETTY LOW.>>I WOULD IMAGINE THEY ARE PROBABLY MORE ETHNIC MALE ATHLETIC DIRECTORS?>>THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER, ESPECIALLY IN THE FBS LEVEL. FOOTBALL, SO — ALSO THE SCHOOLS THAT YOU SEE ON TELEVISION FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES, AND IT’S DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE THERE’S VERY LARGE POPULATION OF WHITE MALES WHO ARE SERVING AS PRESIDENTS, AND THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE HIRING THE ATHLETIC DIRECTORS, AND SO DR. RICHARD LAPCHICK WHO IS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA WHO PUTS A STUDY TOGETHER WITH A REPORT CARD, IF YOU WILL, HE PRETTY MUCH GRADES COLLEGE SPORTS, NBA, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND SO ON, AND HE KEEPS TRACK OF THE STATISTICS OF MEN, WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, PRESIDENTS, FACULTY, REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE STATISTICS OF JUST PRETTY MUCH DISAPPOINTING, AND SO WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY AND INCOLLUSION WITH A LARGE POPULATION OF ETHNIC MINORITIES IN MANY SPORTS, BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, ALWAYS THE TWO SPORTS THAT HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT A LOT. IT DOES NOT REFLECT WHEN IT COMES TO ADMINISTRATION.>>OKAY. DOESN’T EVEN REFLECT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ATHLETES, RIGHT?>>THAT IS TRUE.>>A LOT OF THE BLACK MALE ATHLETES TEND TO BE CONCENTRATED IN, WHAT, FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL?>>WELL, AND IN A STUDY, AND THERE’S A STATISTIC IN A UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA STUDY CALLED “THE BLACK MALE STUDENT ATHLETE AND RACIAL EQUALITIES IN NCAA DIVISION I COLLEGES,” IT’S BY THREE AUTHORS AND THE STUDY INCLUDED THAT BETWEEN 2007-2010, BLACK MEN WERE 2.8% OF FULL-TIME DEGREE SEEKING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. THE 57.1% OF THEM WERE ON FOOTBALL TEAMS, AND 64.3% OF THEM WERE ON BASKETBALL TEAMS.>>OKAY.>>AND SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION,THESE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE RAISING, FOR THE MOST PART, PLAYING THE SPORT, AND MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH TELEVISION RIGHTS, TICKET SALES, THROUGH THE — DUE TO JERSEY SALES, AND SO WHEN YOU HAVE THAT LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY WITH A SMALL POPULATION OF BLACK MEN, THERE REALLY SHOULD BE SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE ETHNIC MINORITY MEN AND WOMEN TO WORK THESE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THEM.>>OKAY. INTERESTING. INTERESTING. YOU HAVE SAID, AND I KNOW WE HAD CONVERSATIONS YOU DON’T BELIEVE COLLEGE ATHLETES SHOULD BE PAID EVEN THOUGH CERTAINLY IN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL THEY GENERATE A LOT OF MONEY.>>UH-HUH. I’M A PURIST.>>OKAY. YOU STICK BY THAT.>>I’M A FORMER OF DIVISION I ATHLETE, AMATEURISM IS VERY IMPORTANT. NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO GO PRO IN THE SPORT. GO PRO, DOCTORS, LAWYERS, AND OTHER PROFESSIONS. I DO — AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S CONTRADICTORY, BUT SPEAKING ABOUT ETHNIC MINORITIES IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS, A LOT OF TIMES WE TALK ABOUT NOT JUST THE OPPORTUNITIES STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION, TO MOVE ON TO THEIR PROFESSION, BUT SOCIAL INJUSTICES. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF INSTITUTIONS AND MANY INSTITUTIONS WHERE STUDENT ATHLETES STOOD UP TO SPOKE ON THEIR RIGHTS. A COUPLE INSTITUTIONS RESULTED IN THE STUDENT ATHLETES PROTESTING, AND THREATENING NOT TO PLAY.>>BECAUSE?>>MAYBE BECAUSE THE SOCIAL INJUSTICES ON THE CAMPUSES, WHETHER IT’S THE CASE OF OKLAHOMA, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FRATERNITY, HAVING THEIR SAY WHEN IT COMES TO ETHNIC MINORITIES. NOT GOING INTO SPECIFICS OF THAT, BUT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HAD SOME PROTESTS.>>ATHLETES USING THEIR POWER.>>YES. UTILIZING THEIR PLATFORM TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE INSTITUTION.>>STILL DON’T THINK THEY SHOULD GET PAID?>>I’M GOING TO STAY AS A PURIST ON THAT. THEY ARE GETTING THOSE BENEFITS. THEY ARE GETTING SPECIFIC BENEFITS TO MAKE THEM STRONGER IN THEIR SPORT OF CHOICE, HOPEFULLY BEING ABLE TO SET THEM UP FOR A CAREER. IF NOT IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, HOPEFULLY FOR THEM TO BE BUSINESS PEOPLE AND DOCTORS, LAWYERS, AND WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.>>OKAY. SO WHAT DOES AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DO? I MEAN, I KNOW WHAT A COACH DOES. YOU ARE OVERSEEING 19 SPORTS. DOES THAT MEAN YOU KNOW A LOT ABOUT 19 SPORTS?>>I HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF SPORT AS OPPOSED TO KNOWING THE SPORT, HOWEVER, I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO AT LEAST GET THE BASICS OF THE SPORT IN ORDER FOR US TO BE SUPPORTIVE TO OUR COACHES AND OUR STUDENT ATHLETES.>>DO YOU HIRE COACHES?>>I DO HIRE COACHES, YES. IT’S MANAGING A BUSINESS, SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS, FACILITIES, STAFFING, GAME MANAGEMENT, COMPLIANCE, MARKETING, ALUMNI DEVELOPMENT, SO IT’S — IT’S A VERY BIG JOB.>>UH-HUH. WHAT’S THE BUDGET OF ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS?>>OURS SPECIFICALLY IS $6 MILLION. OF THAT, I AM CHARGED WITH RAISING $4.5 MILLION OF THE $6 MILLION. SO WE RUN FIVE BUSINESSES. WE DO HAVE STAFF, AND A LOT OF THE STUDENT ATHLETES HELP OPPERATE THOSE BUSINESSES.>>WHAT KINDS OF BUSINESSES?>>WE HAVE A VERY ROBUST CAMP THAT’S NOT SPECIFIC, BUT IT’S STEM PROGRAM, THEATER — IT’S A LOT OF FUN THERE. AND WE ALSO HAVE A ROBUST RENTAL FACILITY PROGRAM. OUR TENNIS COURTS, WE HAVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR COURTS. WE HAVE A FITNESS FACILITY, AND WE HAVE AQUATICS AS WELL.>>OKAY. SO THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO GENERATE SOME OF ITS BUDGET?>>A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT, 80% OF THAT.>>RIGHT, RIGHT. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST SURPRISE FOR YOU COMING TO QUEENS COLLEGE?>>BIGGEST SURPRISE? I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE WONDERFUL ENGAGING ALUMNI. THAT’S THE BIGGEST SURPRISE. I KNOW THE ALUMNI THAT GRADUATED FROM QUEENS COLLEGE WAS INVESTED, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT GETTING A PHONE CALL AND ALL THIS SUPPORT AND THE DONATIONS AND ATTENDING EVENTS, THAT WAS A VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE.>>HOW MANY STUDENTS? QUEENS HAS ABOUT, WHAT, 15,000 UNDERGRADS? HOW MANY STUDENT ATHLETES ALL TOGETHER?>>ABOUT 260 STUDENT ATHLETES.>>OKAY. WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?>>OH, WOW. THERE’S A LOT OF CHALLENGES, BUT, YOU KNOW, CHALLENGES ARE GREAT SUPPORT FROM THE LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS STUDENTS WILLING TO PITCH IN, STAFF, COACHES, AND DEFINITELY MOSTLY ONGOING TO CONTINUE TO RAISE THE MONEY ON A REGULAR BASIS. I MEAN, IT’S NOT LIKE WE HIT THE NUMBER ONCE. WE HIT THE NUMBERS EVERY SINGLE YEAR. WE CREATE A SURPLUS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, AND AT TIMES, IT IS A CHALLENGE. WE WANT TO PROVIDE NOT ONLY A GOOD QUALITY SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY WHO UTILIZES THAT FACILITY, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE AS WELL.>>NOW, I HAPPEN TO TEACH AT QUEENS COLLEGE, AND I ASSUME, YOU KNOW, THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ATHLETICS PROGRAM IS TO GIVE STUDENTS A CHANCE TO COMPETE.>>YES.>>IN VARIOUS AREAS. BUT I KNOW THAT ONE ISSUE HAS BEEN ATTENDANCE RATES AT ATHLETIC EVENTS. IT’S BEEN LOW. DISCOURAGING TO BE ON THE VOLLEYBALL OR BASKETBALL TEAM AND PLAYING FOR AN EMPTY GYMNASIUM. OKAY, ALL RIGHT.>>SO WHAT WE DO IS MAKE ADJUSTMENT TO OUR FACILITIES. AT ONE POINT, THE VOLLEYBALL TEAM IS PLAYING IN THE SAME FACILITY WHERE THE BASKETBALL TEAM PLAYED, A BIGGER FACILITY, SO WE WIND UP MOVING TO A SMALLER VENUE, WHICH IS OUR AUXILIARY GYM, AND IT’S PACKED.>>OKAY. IT’S PACKED. WE DO HAVE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL. WE FEED OUR FANS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SPONSORS, GIVING US FREE CHIPS AND SALSA AND BURRITOS. COLLEGE TEAMS LIKE FOOD.>>WE DO.>>WE ALSO HAVE A LOT OF OUR OTHER SPONSORS THAT WIND UP GIVING GIFTS, AND WE HAVE CONTESTS. WE HAVE A $5,000 CONTEST, A $10,000 CONTEST, AND OTHER TYPES OF SPORTING GOODS, SO REALLY DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS HAVE REALLY DONE A GOOD JOB OF GETTING SPONSORS IN AND DRIVING THE FANS TO OUR GAMES.>>OKAY.>>WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE THAT OUR FAN BASE HAS INCREASED. IT’S NOT EMPTY.>>OKAY. WE’VE GOT A MINUTE LEFT TO TELL ME WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE GOING FORWARD.>>WELL, THE GOALS OF QUEENS COLLEGE IS TO CONTINUE TO PUSH OUT A GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT STUDENT ATHLETES. WE HAVE A 3.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE EVERY SEMESTER. WE AVERAGE 32 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS EACH YEAR. WE WENT ELITE 8 FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL THIS YEAR.>>WHAT’S ELITE 8?>>LIKE THE MARCH MADNESS, FINAL EIGHT TEAMS.>>OH, OKAY.>>PLAYING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE HAVE A STRONG HISTORY OF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LEADERSHIP.>>STAR BASKETBALL PLAYER. WHAT’S HER NAME? SHE’S GRADUATING.>>MADISON ROLLIN, YES.>>IS SHE HOPING TO GO PRO? >>WE’RE HOPING THAT THAT’S THE GOAL FOR HER. SO WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT ALUMNI OF COURSE, SHE’S STANDING ON THEIR SHOULDERS AND HOPING IT TAKES US TO ANOTHER LEVEL AND A GREAT TENNIS PROGRAM. WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS AND GRADUATING STUDENT ATHLETES AND BEING A FORCE IN THE COMMUNITY FOR POSITIVE SERVICE IS THE GOAL. KEEP DOING WHAT WE’RE DOING.>>OKAY. MAYBE I’LL SHOW UP AT SOME OF THOSE GAME FOR FREE NACHOS AND WHATEVER.>>THERE YOU GO.>>OKAY. I’M SORRY, BUT WE’RE OUT OF TIME. I WANT TO THANK CHINA JUDE, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS AT QUEENS COLLEGE FOR JOINING ME. CHECK OUT YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS AND THE PLAYING SCHEDULE AT ATHLETICS.QC.CUNY.EDU. FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND “ONE TO ONE”, I’M SHERYL McCARTHY. ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

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