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Kyle Battle

Baseball, Senior

"Because of you, I can continue to pursue my dreams on and off the field while representing ODU's historic baseball program. I will use this opportunity to leave a positive impact on the ODU community and strive for positive change in the future."

Donor Spotlight

Tony Brothers

Are you an alumnus of ODU?

  • 1986 Bachelors in Business Administration
  • Currently in the Masters of Public Administration program at ODU

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?

  • Being in S.B. Ballard Stadium when ODU beat Virginia Tech in football.

Why do you support ODU Athletics and its student-athletes?

  • Before having football, there was a pride that existed as an ODU grad, but that amplified when we started the football program.  The community that exists now makes it easy to support ODU Athletics because you see Hampton Roads' benefit.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?

  • Just as they did with me, ODU continues to provide opportunities for those who don't always "make the cut" at other institutions.  

What makes you the most proud of ODU?

  • We have so many graduates that are doing great things in the U.S. and beyond.

About Tony

Tony Brothers is entering his 27th season as an NBA official and has officiated 1,569 regular season games, 152 playoff games including 9 NBA Finals appearances. He was a member of the crew that officiated the 1996 Mexico Challenge, 1998 Schick Rookie All-star Game, 1999 McDonald’s Championship in Milan, Italy, 2008 NBA China Games, 2009 NBA All-star Game and the 2014 Global Games in Berlin and Turkey, 2018 NBA BWB Africa Games and the 2018 NBA China Games.

Brothers attended Old Dominion University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems. In 2014, he was the recipient of the ODU Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2018, he was selected to deliver the fall commencement address at Norfolk State University and received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and in 2020 to deliver the first virtual commencement address for Thomas Nelson Community College. He currently resides in Norfolk, Va. where he finds time to support his favorite football team, ODU!

In 2020, Old Dominion named the officials locker room in Chartway Arena to honor Tony. Thank you for representing ODU at the highest level, as an ODAF Board Member and Distinguished Alum!