Ashley Smith

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Ashley Smith is a Chicago native. She attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. Ashley has been working with kids since her high school years. She started off working at a summer camp that was created to serve underprivileged students. From there, her love for helping children grew.

She is a very family-oriented person. In her spare time, Ashley likes to draw, play/watch sports, read, play sudoku, and hang out with her two nieces.

Where would you most like to travel to and why?

I would like to travel to Italy. I took three semesters of Italian in college and learned a lot about the country. I would like to see the things I learned about and experience the culture firsthand. Plus, I love pasta, and what better place than Italy to get the very best?

I feel my very best when...

I get a good night's sleep.

Do you have any secret skills or hidden talents that most people don't know about?

A lot of people don't know that I am very good at drawing. I've been doing it as a hobby since I was a kid. I can even draw with my left hand!

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about women athletes getting the same respect and recognition as their counterparts. Even outside of athletics, women work just as hard, if not harder, than men and almost never receive the same amount of respect. I want to be a part of the change.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was my high school advisory teacher Ms. Thomas. She always made sure that I turned in my best work and that everything I did was up to the highest potential that I could achieve. She continuously pushed me.