Student Spotlight: Alina Colon '23
Cheyenne Shaffer - June 10, 2021
In addition to studying criminology and psychology at Rosemont, Alina Colon ‘23 spends a lot of time at Citizens Bank Park: The Bridgeton, NJ native is a Ballgirl for the Philadelphia Phillies. Learn more about Alina’s role and how she believes the experience will benefit her career.
Q: How did you land your role with the Phillies Ballgirls? How long have you been involved?
A: It was suggested by my former cheerleading coach that knew my background in inspiring the youth in our community that I apply. I have been involved for one year.
Q: What inspired you to join the organization?
A: I am a competitive cheer coach and I have a ton of volunteer hours that put me in a position to make a difference. I knew that being a ball girl would also put me in a position to inspire the youth in my community to go for their dreams. Children from my area don’t come from much so I wanted to be that someone for them to look up to and say “if she did it, so can I.”
Q: What does the job entail, both on and off the field?
A: I serve as an ambassador for the Philadelphia Phillies and work within the Philadelphia community to inspire, uplift, and motivate the people, especially the youth. We work at the Phillies games collecting foul balls, selling merchandise, and participating in kickball games, to name a few. Outside events include playing softball games and making appearances at community events with the Phanatic [mascot] and/or a player.
Q: What activities are you involved in at Rosemont outside the classroom?
A: I served as the VP of my class, a softball player, and a soccer player my first year at Rosemont. Now I focus full-time on using my position to promote small, Catholic colleges like Rosemont and inspire youth.
Q: What skills/experiences are you gaining from this role that will be beneficial in your career?
A: Working so closely to the youth of tomorrow’s world serves as an amazing opportunity to better understand them, thus giving me the insight that will help me to better protect them one day.