Otterbein University offers its students the opportunity to realize his or her personal best – to realize their full potential. Dominic Porretta realized his potential not just as one of the top pitchers for the Cardinals baseball team, but as a student and a volunteer in the community.
While serving as the president of Otterbein’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and as a Westerville native, Dominic wanted to give back to his community, particularly to those with special needs.
“I am extremely proud to have started the Otterbein University/Westerville Special Olympics Challenge, which aims to provide a peer-inclusion environment for athletes with disabilities with Otterbein students and student-athletes,” Dominic said.
Along with the Challenge, Dominic also found a way to combine his passion for giving back with his love for baseball.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to create partnerships for the Otterbein University baseball team with the Miracle League of Central Ohio, a baseball league for children and adults with disabilities, and the Alternative Center, a continuing education program for adults with disabilities,” he said.
“It was a blessing to be able to use our platform as collegiate athletes to give back to the community. It was also incredible to introduce so many of my teammates to the rewards of working with those with special needs.”
In the classroom, Dominic excelled – maintaining a 3.99 GPA and landing various internships. He credits the guidance of associate professor of health and sport sciences Dr. Greg Sullivan for helping him meet his academic goals.
“Dr. Sullivan devoted countless hours of guidance as we discussed school, work and life in his office. His discussions always resulted in me learning more about who I was and what I desired,” Dominic said.
Dominic said he is grateful for all the opportunities he had at Otterbein.
“(They) jumpstarted my realization that whatever I may choose as my career needs to somehow give back to those with special needs,” he said. “I am now an aspiring executive director of a national, nonprofit organization that aids individuals with disabilities.”
At the end of his senior year, Dominic received the 2013 TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award
, which recognizes college baseball players across the country who excel off the diamond and inspire their team, school and community through teamwork, leadership and integrity.
After graduation, Dominic traveled to Okotoks, Alberta, Canada to play baseball in the Western Major Baseball League. He is now pursuing his Master of Business Administration at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
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