The Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast has returned this summer for a third season with a special series of interviews with Hope College student-athletes, administration and staff.
For the summer’s second episode, sports information director Alan Babbitt sits down with Angelique Gaddy-McElveen, Hope College’s Assistant Athletic Director of Philanthropy.
In this new role, Gaddy-McElveen leads Athletics’ philanthropy efforts in collaboration with the college’s Philanthropy and Engagement Division.
This strategic partnership will allow Athletics to broaden and strengthen its commitment to providing a transformational experience where student-athletes can thrive academically and athletically through programs focused on their holistic development and preparing them for lives of leadership and impact.
“I did a lot of listening, then also pulled into some efforts that we had already started over the last year,” Gaddy-McElveen said of her work as Assistant Athletic Director of Philanthropy since January when she started. “When I wasn’t in this role yet, last October, we started corporate sponsorships for athletics that was headed by Keagan Pontius, women’s lacrosse coach. We worked very closely together. We also have our Orange and Blue Fund; that’s headed by Dan Osterbaan. The three of us do a lot of things regarding annual giving and corporate sponsorships.
“I was brought on to lead those efforts to put more synergy behind the direction of them altogether, acting as one. I’ll be working more so with some of those major gifts and cultivating those relationships of how can we really pair, whether it’s parents, alumni, fans, friends of the college, how can we pair what their passions are, their desires for student-athletes, coaches, programming, and make that a real opportunity for those different areas on campus.”
Prior to joining the Hope Athletics administration, Gaddy-McElveen served on the college’s admissions team for three years and was responsible for admissions recruitment in the Chicagoland area and seven schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Most recently, she taught a first-year seminar titled “Mamba Mentality and Motivation”. She serves as a first-year advisor.
In 2019, Gaddy-McElveen earned her Master’s degree in Sport Management from Western Michigan University. In 2017, she graduated from Hope with bachelor’s degrees in business and communication.
After graduating from Hope, Gaddy-McElveen worked as a compliance specialist at Grand Valley State University for two years.
At Hope, Gaddy-McElveen was a standout student-athlete on the women’s basketball team that posted a 103-11 overall record over four seasons.
The Flying Dutch made four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and claimed three MIAA titles between 2014 and 2017. A guard, Gaddy-McElveen received All-MIAA First Team honors as a junior and All-MIAA Second Team honors as a senior. She was elected team captain as a senior and junior.