For the month of March we are uplifting women we find inspiring weekly. This week we have decided to celebrate volleyball star and philanthropist, Molly Phillips. Molly and I had a exceptionally exciting weekend recently as we headed to Atlanta, Georgia together for the 2023 Commanders Cup. Molly, as well as TIY, was working with the Step-Up Foundation to raise money for breast cancer. I had asked Molly how she became interested in this line of work. She told me that she had always had an interest in philanthropy, and as I continued to get to know her over the weekend it was no surprise. Molly was exceptionally kind, generous, and bright. She has a giving spirit that I found very empowering, seeing as she was a young woman my age who was not only successful but philanthropic. As we go into all of the stats and amazing achievements Molly has accomplished, it's important to note that her genuine essence is inspiring above all.
Molly is well known for her exceptional volleyball skills. As the right side hitter for the University of Texas, Molly recently won the National Championship in 2022. Her freshman year she was awarded Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Sept. 9, 2019) and Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll. In 2020 she was awarded Second Team All-Big 12, First Team Academic All-Big 12, and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (4/7). Recently in 2021 she received the AVCA All-Southwest Region, Second Team All-Big 12, and First Team Academic All-Big 12. In 2021 Molly played in 29 matches and 97 sets during the 2021 season. She had 181 kills and was also third on the team with 77 total blocks.
Outside of volleyball, Molly's interest in helping others is inspiring. While we were at the 2023 Commander's Cup I watched as she was extremely personable and genuine with every young player that came to our booth. She is magnetic and her positive energy creates space for people to feel welcome and comfortable. I am very grateful to know Molly, and I cannot wait to see her shine her positive light on the world as she continues to grow.