GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team met with Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan Monday afternoon. Mayor Vaughan spoke with the Spartans about everything from what it has been like being a female in a leadership role to House Bill 2 and its effects on the local community.
“We were honored to have Mayor Vaughan speak to our women’s basketball team about leadership and community involvement,” said head coach Trina Patterson.
Vaughan spoke about her basketball roots, experiences as mayor and closed the session with a Q & A with the team.
Senior Mariah Wilson asked Vaughan what advice she had for college students and she replied that listening was the most important thing. “Listen to people and build relationships. It is one of the most important things you can do throughout your life.”
Vaughan often referred to her fear of public speaking when she first ran for mayor and compared it to practicing basketball. “The more you practice something the better you get at it,” said Vaughan. “Public speaking is just like basketball. I used to read my notes now I can just write down a few words and speak for an hour.”
Senior India Timpton asked what advice she had for females in a male-dominated society and Vaughan put it simply, “Stick your foot in the door and don’t let them close it.”
“Always be prepared,” said Vaughan when she discussed the recent news of the NCAA pulling championships from North Carolina due to House Bill 2. “I woke up and had almost a clear calendar and by the time I went to bed that night, my phone was booked with interviews until about 10 p.m.”
Lastly, Vaughan reflected on uniting not only the Greensboro community but also the entire nation.
When asked what she would tell other political officials she said, “Go watch a baseball game. It’s Americana at its finest. How can anyone hate us when you see people with their families, of all different backgrounds, enjoying the same thing.”
Vaughan elaborated more on attending Greensboro Grasshopper games this summer and the environment surrounding the ballpark on game nights.
“We need to focus more on what unites us rather than what divides us,” said Vaughan.