Managers on a Mission Revitalized a Basketball Pro’s Love for the Sports Industry

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Working in sports, it can be easy to get caught up in the “grind.” While focusing on finishing the next task or getting the next promotion isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s important to remember the power that sport has from a human-development perspective.

Through Managers on a Mission, Anna Cho (now director of basketball operations for the University of Virginia women’s basketball program) received a welcome reminder of this power.

Cho’s curiosity about MOAM was piqued by a coworker, who pointed out the unique nature of the organization’s focus.

“In the sports industry, we talk a lot about the coaches and support staff, but I never had heard of a group who really cared about the student managers and grad assistants and the people behind the scenes. It seemed like a really neat opportunity.”

Cho accompanied MOAM on a trip to Liberia in the summer of 2016 before her senior year of undergraduate study. Not knowing what to expect at first, Cho immediately bonded with her fellow managers on the trip, as well as the locals they spent much of their time with. For roughly a month, Cho’s group instructed local children in a variety of sports and taught valuable life principles such as teamwork and conflict resolution through this instruction.

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“Being able to build a relationship with the kids and talk about what they were doing and what they’re passionate about was enlightening. Teaching through the avenue of sport is a great way to help young people navigate on different parts of life.”

Prior to her experience in Liberia, Cho was wavering on whether or not she wanted to continue working in sports. She cites MOAM as one of the biggest factors in her decision to remain in the industry.

“My experience working with the kids in Liberia showed me the importance of development and how sports can be utilized in a really fruitful way with athletes from all walks of life. I saw the vision of how much athletics can be utilized to really transform people’s lives. We’re building relationships with other people and creating a community and really fostering that sense of camaraderie.”

By teaching local children the importance of character traits like humility and passion, Cho and her fellow trip participants helped enable them to pursue excellence on and off the field of play.

Through her participation in MOAM, Cho was revitalized as both a professional and a human being. As a result, she highly recommends the experience for any college students looking for an out-of-the-box development experience.

“This is an opportunity to really get out of your comfort zone. A lot of times the easiest thing to do is to get complacent and reach for things that we know and that we’re comfortable with. But that isn’t really an awesome opportunity to develop as a student leader. MOAM showed me that by having an attitude of staying teachable and being open to different things, I was able to learn more and really develop my passion and my humanity.”

Applications for the 2019 summer mission trip can be submitted here. Potential applicants should contact MOAM Director of Discipleship Seth Ralston at with any further questions.