November 12th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Becca MacGilvray

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Becca MacGilvray
From left Alex, Becca, and Will MacGilvray / photo provided by MacGilvray family

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports.

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Becca MacGilvray was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. She went to Our Lady of Lourdes, St Leonard, Sacred Heart, and Bellarmine. Becca has a nursing degree from Indiana University Southeast and works as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children's Hospital where she has been since 2010.

Becca has an active household with raising her two boys, Alex (11), Will (8) and a dog, Clay Matthews. Both boys attend Our Lady of Lourdes and love it there. Becca’s oldest son, Alex, has already decided that he is going to Trinity. Her youngest, Will, of course has decided he wants mix it up and attend St X. They are already proclaiming “they are a house divided.”

When and how did you get your start with Our Lady of Lourdes?

I went to Our Lady of Lourdes from Kindergarten to sixth grade and always loved so much about the school and the community. Naturally, when I joined OLOL as an adult, I found that little had changed in the way of the close-knit family feeling and the "village" atmosphere. My mom had always been very involved with me and my siblings' activities and I wanted to be just like her. Lourdes offered me the chance to get involved and really extend our family to include the wonderful friends we've made through school and church.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Four years ago, my friend, Leah Reyes, asked me to help her niece with coaching Girls' fifth/sixth grade basketball. Leah's daughter was on the team and I was happy to help! I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to continue to coach these girls!  I feel there really isn't anything quite like it!

What sports did or do you volunteer to help and for how long?

This is my fourth year coaching girls' basketball. I coached my youngest son's volleyball clinic team last year. I'm also, the coordinator for our Kindergarten-2nd grade basketball clinic.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?

I believe that we can find God in so many things, not only in church. Basically you are teaching the golden rule while coaching--"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". It’s great to win but it’s even better if you win knowing that you were honest, kind and giving 100 percent.  I am making a difference in lives and development. Helping coach at Lourdes provides me with the chance to give back what I received growing up in a Catholic community. The encouragement, support and love that can come out of a positive coaching experience are so incredibly important.

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?

My mom is the most influential person in my volunteer career. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house where half the neighborhood hung out. My mom always volunteered at school for me, my brother and my sister.  Whether it be a field trip chaperone, a room mom or taking on the next big volunteer project at school, my mom was always there. I never doubted that she would be involved no matter what!

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I believe that you what get out of most things is what you put into it. And I like to use that principle when I coach. The kids that work the hardest and show the dedication and commitment earn the rewards. I like to win but I would rather my kids walk away from a game knowing that they tried their best and are proud of themselves. 

What does your role at Our Lady of Lourdes bring your family?

I think that my boys like that I volunteer at their school.  It gives them a chance to see the importance of stewardship and how volunteering in your church community can make a difference.  It gives me the chance to know their classmates, teachers, friends and families.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

Honestly the best part about coaching and volunteering at OLOL is being a part of the community.  There are so many parent volunteers who give countless hours to the kids, the school and the church.  I love that my children see firsthand the importance of volunteering and being a good steward.


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