2018 SurvivinG & Thriving Luncheon
sEPT. 26, 2018
hILTON hOTEL & cONFERENCE cENTER
Texas A&M University Health
Hosted by: Pink Alliance
"Life is Short.
Don't Wait to Dance."
Valorie Kondos Field – Head Coach of
UCLA Women's Gymnastic Team and
Breast Cancer Survivor/Advocate
Valorie Kondos Field is the head coach of the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. She has led her team to seven NCAA Championship titles and 29 Pac-12 and NCAA Regional titles. This preeminent coach was recently named the Pac-12 “Coach of the Century.” In 2010, she became one of only two active coaches to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Valorie began her career as a professional ballet dancer and choreographer. Although never a gymnast herself, she’s transferred to her student-athletes all she learned in the world of classical dance. The result has been nearly three decades of coaching one of the premiere athletic programs in any sport.
As a recent breast cancer survivor, Valorie’s discussion of life lessons is even more impactful. The positive outlook she exhibited through 18 months of surgeries and chemotherapy resonated profoundly with her student-athletes and fans, as they were witnesses to the life-affirming outlook Valorie maintained throughout that journey. Since beating breast cancer, she now has another life motto: “Life is Short. Don’t Wait to Dance.”