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Valentina Culaciati

Volleyball, R-Freshman

"Because of you, I was able to move from Argentina to here, and get an amazing education but even a little more important to me, an amazing new team and coaches that are already my family. Thank you so much for your support! Go Monarchs!"

Donor Spotlight

Ilana Davlin

Are you an alumnus of ODU? Currently finishing up my degree

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics? I have so many! Trey Freeman's buzzer-beater during the NIT and beating Tech 49-35 stand out to me though. 

Why do you support ODU Athletics and its student-athletes? ODU Athletics has provided me an opportunity to make some lifelong friends and memories. Seeing some of these student-athletes blossom has also been great.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole? There's so much! Mainly from the second you step on campus to the second you leave, you feel at home. The people are so friendly on campus.

What makes you the most proud of ODU? I'm proud of the progress the school has made on and off of the athletic field. The campus has grown since my first days as a student and it's been awesome to see it grow and evolve.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why? Home. I've made my closest friends in the classroom and the stands of the various stadiums on campus and each time I go back on campus I'm reminded of why I love it so much. 

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

I’m part of a group chat called “The Monarchists.” We’re all a bunch of ODU alums or Hampton Roads/Richmond locals who share a love for the school and its athletics programs. They’re some of my best friends, my family. If it weren’t for ODU wouldn’t have created a long-lasting relationship with them and I’m so thankful for the school for bringing us together.