NOLA Gator Profile: Ali Gaffey

From: Boca Raton, Florida

Ali Gaffey is the President-Elect of the New Orleans Gator Club, but prefers the less elusive title, Vice President. She currently works as a reading teacher and literacy coach at a public charter high school in New Orleans.

Ali in Turlington plaza.

Ali in Turlington plaza.

How did you choose UF?
I knew I wanted to attend the best public university in our state.

What did you love about going to UF?
I loved the school spirit and the endless opportunities available to students (some of which I would’ve taken more advantage of.)

What did you love about Gainesville?
I loved the sense of community. There are so many great, independent businesses in town. I also loved being in a true college town. It just made the whole experience that much better.

How did you end up in NOLA?
I joined teach for America and was placed in New Orleans. I had never been here, but I was ready to take a chance.

What neighborhood do you live in?

What do you like about New Orleans?
I love the spirit of the city. It is unlike any other place in our country.

Ali is the one on the left.

Ali is the one on the left.

How did you hear about the NOLA Gator Club?
I lived in NYC prior to moving here and was part of the club there. I sought out the NOLA club when I first moved here.

How long have you been involved?
This is my fourth year on the executive board.

Is it hard being a Gator in an LSU town?
I love it! We need some sports diversity here, anyway. I also have tons of Gator memorabilia in my classroom. Gotta get them while they’re young!

What makes you feel like a Gator, now that you’re out of school?
Continuing to stay involved in our local club and attending our events. I love meeting Gators in NOLA.

Football Game Viewing Parties *NEW LOCATION*

meter-logoWe’re excited to announce that we will be changing the location of the football game viewing parties. We had two objectives in mind when trying to find a new view location: (1) find a place this is accepting of kids so that families can join the viewing parties and (2) be closer to downtown so that out-of-town Gator fans can more easily join.

Dat Dog on Magazine will be the new viewing location for all 2013 football games.  They will have drink specials for those in Gator gear and will have seats reserved for us prior to the game starting.  I’ll send out a more details once we’re closer to the first game.

UF vs. LSU Bus Trip 2013

Worried about getting to get to Baton Rouge for the big game? Well, rest easy.  The New Orleans Gator Club has your back…

We will be chartering busses for Gator alumni, fans, and family for this year’s UF/LSU game on Saturday, October 12!

Pick up will be in downtown New Orleans and busses will drop us off at LSU’s campus prior to game time.  Then, we will return to NOLA after the game.  Pick up / drop off times and location will be set once game kickoff time is decided.  We will work to make it as convenient as possible.

Tickets will be $55 per person.  You can pay through the PayPal link below.  No PayPal account is required.  All major credit cards are accepted.

Please type your name in the field below (along with names of anyone else in your group if paying for more than 1 seat) then click “Pay Now”.

Names of all in your group:

OR you can mail us a check to the below address. Please make checks payable to “New Orleans Gator Club” and make the amount $55 per person in your party. In your letter, please include a list of all names in your party and your contact email and phone number. You can mail checks to:

New Orleans Gator Club
816 Joseph Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

We will email you upon receiving your check. Thanks and Go Gators!

Season Kick-off Happy Hour

Be on the look out for an announcement from Nitesh Patel, NOLA Gator Club Young Alumni Coordinator, for details regarding a football season kick-off happy hour on Friday, August 23.  This will be an opportunity to socialize with fellow Gators and have a few drinks in anticipation of the home opener the following week.

Student Scholarships

We think High School Seniors living within the greater New Orleans area that choose to go to UF should be rewarded for their smart decision. That ‘s why we’re in the works to set-up a scholarship fund and hope you’ll help us raise enough money to give a few $1,000 scholarships to well deserving locals. We’re still early in the planning stages creating the application, minimum criteria, etc. We’ll need your help and ideas to make this a reality.