2017 Hallmark Alumni Award Honoree
Mandy Goff received a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Adapted Physical Activity from Texas Woman’s University in 2008. In 2002 after receiving an Associate of Arts from New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs, New Mexico, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. During her study at Texas Woman’s, Mandy served as an intern at Lakeshore Foundation, a non-profit organization, a designated Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama. As part of their mission, they serve people with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions through physical activity, research, and advocacy. Additionally, Lakeshore serves as the High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) for USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR) through a contractual obligation with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The internship resulted in her employment at Lakeshore and ultimately placed her in her current role as the High Performance Manager for the USA Wheelchair Rugby team. Her responsibilities include the overall program management of the national team, which includes coordinating team selections and high performance training plans.
When first arriving at Lakeshore Foundation her role was the Coordinator of the Lima Foxtrot Program for Injured Military. This program aims to provide adapted sport and recreation opportunities for injured servicemen and women. After serving in that position for three years, she was promoted to the role of Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation continuing to be involved with the Lima Foxtrot Program and taking on leadership of the youth athletic programs, and team leader for USAWR.
Goff’s career highlights include her leadership role in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, where USAWR won the Bronze medal and then again at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where the team captured the Silver medal. She says: “There is nothing greater than serving in a leadership capacity with this amazing team. We experienced one of the most thrilling wheelchair rugby matches in history at the 2016 Paralympic Games and I am proud to be a part of this amazing family.” Mandy has become a valued consultant across the nation for program development, writing and programming in her field including both the Warrior and Invictus Games.