Danielle Collins (Col ’16), right, and Chris Long (Col ’08) Norm Shafer / Matt Riley

In January, former UVA two-time national tennis champion Danielle Collins (Col ’16) shocked the world’s No. 2 player en route to the Australian Open semifinals, becoming the first former college tennis player to reach a women’s tennis Grand Slam semifinal in the modern era. Collins was ranked 23rd in the
world at press time.

During Super Bowl weekend, former UVA defensive end Chris Long (Col ’08) received one of the NFL’s most prestigious awards. Long, who won two Super Bowls as a member of the 2017 New England Patriots and the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles, was recognized as the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Long’s numerous charitable endeavors have included bringing clean water access to residents of East Africa and supporting educational equity and social justice.