Lili Gallagher is the volunteer manager of West Virginia State University's basketball team, a position in which she takes great pride. She was born in the Ukraine but came to the U.S. after her mother died and her father abandoned her to care for her siblings. Thankful for her new opportunities, she said she wants to make the most of her college experience.
Lili attends every practice and game, and spends hours at the gym afterward washing and readying uniforms for their next use.
Lily's Ukrainian accent is barely detectable now. She said she learned English quickly after schoolchildren in Texas aughed at her for answering a teacher's question in her native language.