Marlene “Marley” Holmes is a former Division 1 volleyball player who is now a Social Worker and Entrepreneur. She has mastered the art of utilizing her athletic training to adapt and contribute to social work and athletics successfully. While attending Bethune-Cookman University, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a Social Work minor and completed her Master's degree at the University of Central Florida. Ms. Holmes currently attends Barry University as a third-year doctoral student in Social Work, focusing on black female collegiate athletes' lived experience. Throughout her postgraduate studies, she has presented at national conferences for social work professionals, professional athletes, scholars, and student-athletes. Additionally, she has organized numerous public speaking events for local high school athletes; she is also the recently honored recipient of the Doctoral Fellowship Award at Barry University.
As Ms. Holmes' professional career within corporate America advanced, she quickly recognized the challenges that directly impact student-athletes, particularly student-athletes of color, once the sport concludes. She identified the lack of professional preparation and inadequate exposure to resources for athletes of color based on her journey. By creatively combining her passion for sports and social work background, she founded "The Black Female Collegiate Athlete Experience." The BFCA Experience focuses on the athlete's success beneath the jersey by providing tools that prepare, support, and motivate players, parents, and coaches beyond the game.
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YouTube: The BFCA Experience
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