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Student-athlete's passion for numbers shines with the Pack and the Pels

May 2, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans women's basketball player Megan Whittaker made the best of this basketball season. When she wasn't busy hitting three-pointers for the Wolf Pack and playing an integral role as a starting guard in their journey to regional championships and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics quarterfinals, she used her passion for basketball to assist another squad: the New Orleans Pelicans.

Whittaker balanced the full schedule of a student-athlete with part-time employment with New Orleans' NBA team, the New Orleans Pelicans. As a game-night employee, Whittaker assisted with distributing statistics to members of the media before, during and after home contests and took part in recording and transcribing interviews with coaches and athletes.

“Megan was an essential part of the New Orleans Pelicans game-night staff during the 2013-14 NBA season,” said Brian Travis, basketball communications coordinator for the Pelicans. “Her strong efforts, positive attitude and affinity for teamwork contributed to the staff that disseminated essential information to local and national media.”

As it turned out, Whittaker joined the Pelicans crew at the perfect time. The annual NBA All-Star Weekend graced the newly branded Smoothie King Center this year, where Whittaker performed similar duties to those she was responsible for at Pelicans games while rubbing elbows with some of the greatest in the game, past and present.

“This opportunity taught me a lot about how the communications and media department works in the NBA,” Whittaker said. “It sparked an interest in a possible career path working for the NBA.”

Whittaker will begin her senior year next semester, and she plans on continuing her work with the Pelicans through the 2014-15 season.

“Megan's passion for basketball shined through her work this year,” Travis said. “We look forward to having Megan continue to contribute to the Pelicans moving forward.”

In her first year with the Wolf Pack, Whittaker made the 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete list, the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and the 2013-14 Women's West All-Divisional Team and started in all 35 games for Loyola. The accounting major has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her first academic year at the university.

“I would highly recommend this opportunity to future student-athletes who like the game of basketball and are interested in mass communications,” Whittaker said.

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