Podcast by Orange Arrow Players Association
Season 3: Donna Sanft
Sit down with Shawn and Donna Sanft, the retired Executive Associate Athletics Director and Associate Dean of Students at the University of Pittsburgh! Sanft discusses her early start in gymnastics, including the tight-knit, community nature of sports in her hometown. She also explains her decision to go to Pitt and how she quickly became the head gymnastics coach, the position that kicked off her 41-year career at Pitt. During that time, she served in many roles throughout the athletic department, earning her a spot in the Pitt Hall of Fame in 2020.
Season 3: Brandon Miree
Join Shawn and his former teammate, longtime friend, and award-winning writer and producer, Brandon Miree! Miree begins by explaining his early love for football and how he worked his way to playing at Alabama before deciding to transfer to Pitt. This experience allows him to give a uniquely in-depth look at the college transfer process, from initially making the decision to actually executing his transfer to Pitt, all under a tight deadline and in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He also explains how, after leaving his eventual career in the NFL, he grew his love of storytelling and pursued it as a career, becoming a writer and producer of short films. He finishes by discussing the story behind one of his recent and important works, The Magical Root, an animated true story about the life of Frederick Douglass.
Season 3: Tony Fisher
Sit down with Shawn and Tony Fisher, Mr. Football 1997 and the Player/Alumni Specialist for the Green Bay Packers! Join Tony, aka T. Fish, as he outlines his start in sports, including his journey to becoming the best high school player in Ohio in 1997 and his college decision-making process. Fisher also talks about his transition from playing football to eventually working on the administrative side for the same NFL team that signed him in 2002. They finish off the conversation by discussing how to navigate being in a space that lacks diversity and Orange Arrow’s commitment to creating a space that reflects the society we live in.
Season 3: E.J. Borghetti
Go Inside the Play Call with Shawn and one of the longest tenured members of the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, E.J. Borghetti! A Pitt man through and through, Borghetti has been at Pitt for nearly 25 years and now serves as the Executive Associate Athletic Director, Media Relations. Tune in as he discusses his own start in sports and how he always strived to both play and one day work at Pitt. He also reminisces on some of the most memorable players to come through the football program and, because “The ball always stops bouncing,” he provides advice to young athletes for pursuing a career after sports.
Season 3: Huddled Up
Join Shawn and a diverse group of Orange Arrow stakeholders as they Huddle Up for a conversation about the importance of fostering healthier relationships among different races and ethnic groups. They also discuss how Orange Arrow has been intentional in creating a program experience that allows for authentic cross-cultural relationships to form and why a multi-faceted approach is necessary to solve the huge issues of racial disparities and injustice.
Season 3: Jester Weah
Go Inside the Play Call with Shawn and this week’s guest, Jester Weah, a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears! To start, Weah discusses his early beginning in sports and outlines his family ties to his parents’ home country, Liberia. He also discusses his time at Pitt, including playing football and working with OA, where he developed a unique bond with a young student-athlete in the program. They finish by discussing transitions and how Weah continues to persevere through the ups and downs of life in professional sports.
I learned so much in this first episode. I could feel the founder’s passion and understood his vision to make a difference in the world. Look forward to following along this journey...
My new favorite podcast!
Great story telling, interesting content.