Two-time University of Virginia women’s volleyball most valuable player Amy Mitchell Griffin (Col ’98), a major supporter of UVA athletics, was honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 2 at John Paul Jones Arena.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The annual event, co-sponsored by the UVA Athletics Department and the Women’s Center, recognizes outstanding women who have excelled in and supported sports while at UVA and afterward. The theme of this year’s event was “Celebrating Lifelong Leadership in Women’s Athletics.”
Griffin was a team captain and two-time most valuable player of the Cavalier volleyball team whose leadership and commitment to UVA athletics has extended well past her playing days. Over the last decade, Griffin has been one of the University’s most generous student-athlete alumni, with major gifts to the volleyball program and also for the renovation of the track and field facility. She is a former member of the Virginia Athletics Foundation Board of Trustees.
Since 2006, she has made multiple donations to her alma mater’s athletic programs. In 2011, Griffin gave $5 million toward a state-of-the-art track and field facility, which will include new locker rooms, a track, lights, scoreboard and seating for 1,500 fans.
“With her dedication to our athletics program when she was a student-athlete and her continued support as a benefactor of our current student-athletes, she is truly a role model and an exemplar of lifelong leadership,” said Craig Littlepage, UVA athletics director.
Griffin’s career has included being a marketing manager in the sports and promotions department of Sports Illustrated magazine in New York. She and her husband, John Griffin, oversee the John and Amy Griffin Foundation and Albemarle County’s Oakencroft Farms, which they switched from producing wine to producing grape juice.