A winner who makes a difference
As a star player on France's national team for athletes under 18, Allison Vernerey wanted to continue playing competitive basketball. But her native country does not offer college athletics. So she came to Duke, where she had been recruited by women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie.
During her first three years as a member of the Duke women's basketball team, the 6-foot-5 center played in every game, helping the Blue Devils advance to three straight Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and three straight ACC regular-season titles. She's also made a mark in the broader Duke community, helping to create Blue Devils vs. Cancer, a student organization that provides resources and information to students affected by cancer. It also promotes Duke Cancer Institute fundraising and volunteer opportunities to undergraduate students across campus. "Playing basketball here is great," Allison says, "but I'm also glad that Duke provides so many opportunities for us to be well-rounded individuals and to serve the world in a variety of meaningful ways."