October 30, 2018

Huddle Up: A Message from Bridget Niland, Fall 2018

For those of you who know me, to say that sports are in my blood is an understatement, and I was excited to hit the ground running in my new role as Director for Project Play WNY.

For those who might not be as familiar with my background, I spent much of my childhood playing various sports, continuing through my college years.  Each day, I benefit from those experiences, and hope to pass along similar positive experiences to the next generation. At Project Play WNY, we are focused on getting more kids involved in sports so they can grow into confident, productive and active adults. Programs are designed to build confidence and set kids on a path to lifelong success.

Since hosting community conversations last Fall, we have established an advisory council, stakeholder strategy and working groups, awarded grants from our legacy funds and supported national initiatives, all to help create a region in which all children have the opportunity to be active through sports.

A range of experience has prepared me for this role. Most recently, I served as Director of Athletics and Special Assistant to the President at Daemen College, where one of the highlights was overseeing the athletic program’s transition from National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II membership. Prior to that, I worked at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., and as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

I’m a mother of five, and spend much of my free time working with area youth as a volunteer coach for track, softball and swimming.

Going forward, we plan to keep in touch with you on a quarterly basis; however, I always welcome your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to contact me any time at bridgetn@cfgb.org. You can also stay up on the latest Project Play WNY news by checking out our social media feeds: Twitter (@ProjectPlayWNY), LinkedIn (project-play-wny) and Facebook (@ProjectPlayWNY).