Four-year member of the Owls basketball team and founder/president of the education nonprofit Universal Promise, Martha Cummings ’80 works to promote academic resources in impoverished areas. When faced with the challenge of launching a netball development program in Nomathamsanqa, 
South Africa, she naturally turned 
to Bryn Mawr.

And the Owls came through: within days of receiving the request, head basketball coach Becky Tyler and her team sent uniforms, warmup gear, and equipment. Says Cummings: “When I watched a young girl slip on that jersey and saw the smile on her face, realizing that in that moment her dream of playing a sport she loves would be realized, I nearly lost it. When they were all dressed up in their BMC unis, I taught them how to say Anassa Kata, as we did before every game.”