Athlete gives back through mentoring


By Sarah Kyler, Contributor

This special section of the Gateway, which features stories on UNO students and faculty who volunteer, was submitted by  the School of Communication’s “News Writing and Reporting” students, under the supervision of Professor Kevin Warneke.


Molly Negrete stands out as a leader both on and off the softball field.

Negrete, a senior and third baseman on UNO’s softball team, gives back to the softball program as well as to the community.

“Molly has been one of our hardest workers in the program. Every day she comes with the same work ethic and leadership mentality,” said Jeanne Scarpello, her coach.

Scarpello stresses to her players that the best leaders are those who do the most for the community.

Negrete volunteers for the Omaha Public Schools Migrant Education Program.

She makes home visits to program participants to help them with their English and math skills.

“A girl that wasn’t a part of the program came to us asking for help,” Negrete said. “It showed that we really were making a difference and people liked what we were doing.”

Negrete also volunteers for the Teammates mentoring program.

She mentors Lucia, a sixth-grader at Belle Ryan Elementary School.

Negrete visits Lucia at school once a week and plans fun activities for them to do together.

Playing softball has helped Negrete improve her time management and also become more responsible.

She is working toward a degree in elementary education and said her volunteering experiences have helped prepare her for teaching.

“Volunteering gives me a lot of experience working with people,” Negrete said. “I get a lot out of it.”