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Behind the Madness

Caroline Purtell

Alexis Henderson came to Xavier on a full scholarship in 2001 to play for the women’s basketball team and made it to the NCAA tournament two years later. Now she’s earned another spot in the tournament, but instead of on the court, she’s on the sidelines. Henderson, who graduated in 2005, secured a one-year internship with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), working on the Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships. “There were more than 250 candidates and they bring in 28 people to interview for 14 spots,” says Henderson, who assists with everything from ticket sales to spreadsheets. She’s also traveling to Cleveland next year for the women’s Final Four. “It’s just exciting for me because I get to see all the background work that goes into it,” she says. “It’s such a phenomenal finished product, and I don’t think people understand how much work goes into it.”

At the end of the internship, Henderson plans to attend law school for sport and entertainment law, which she deferred once she found out the NCAA wanted to hire her. “My thought process was that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can defer for a year for law school and pursue it when I’m finished.”

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