02/05/2020

Victoria Duhon '19 Receives St. Sebastian Award

Victoria Duhon '19 was honored with the 2020 St. Sebastian Award at the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in January. The St. Sebastian Award is given annually in recognition of an individual who has exhibited outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes both on and off the field of play. The recipient is also measured by charitable, community, civic, and spiritual service to humanity. 

Victoria’s path to Loyola began when her father was a nursing student here. She became familiar with the campus as a child. Victoria attended Mount Carmel Academy high school and served as student manager of the Cubs’ varsity basketball team. For college, Victoria saw Loyola as the ideal place to grow intellectually and continue developing her sports management skills.

During her entire time as a Loyola student, Victoria served as the women's Wolf Pack basketball student manager. The job of a team manager is year-round and time intensive. Victoria's duties included helping with daily practice, transporting equipment, filming, coordinating team travel, accompanying the team to away games, assisting with game day operations, and more.

“From the moment I first stepped onto the court, to the final buzzer at nationals, I had the privilege of serving as the Loyola women’s basketball manager for five years,” says Victoria. “It was an experience unlike any other. I learned how to organize and execute tasks on a professional level. I also developed a sense of urgency and learned to apply it daily. Whether it’s completing an assignment or preparing for a game, having a sense of urgency taught me to look at a situation from all angles and act with my best foot forward. It is a vital tool I will continue to use throughout life. Some of my best memories come from spending time with the team on the road. The friends and connections I have made in this work are invaluable. Loyola will always remain an integral part of my life.”

In keeping with the Jesuit ideal of education of the whole person, Victoria also flourished academically at Loyola. She earned a B.S. in biophysics and was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. She joined the executive board of the Loyola Sigma Alpha Pi chapter and served as its IT coordinator for three years. 

Since graduating in May 2019, Victoria continues her work with Wolf Pack Athletics by serving as game day staff and part-time building manager. She is also preparing for the MCAT and plans to study sports medicine. 

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