FRIENDS OF RECENT college grads Pat Connaghan and Jess Koci are most likely green with envy.
Connaghan, who played basketball at University of the Sciences, and Koci, who played at La Salle, are among 13 international athletes headed to Ireland this month thanks to Victory Scholarships they received through the Sport Changes Life Foundation.
They will spend a year mentoring at-risk youth while playing ball and attending graduate business classes at the Institute of Technology in Carlow, about 50 miles south of Dublin.
"I found out about it from my high school coach," said Connaghan, referring to Bill Dooley, the former coach of Chestnut Hill Academy who is now an assistant at the University of Hartford. "He [once] coached [Sports Changes Life founder] Gareth Maguire on the Irish national team."