The UB Sports Law community wishes a fond farewell and best wishes to Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Kathy Twist. Kathy, who was an early champion of the concept of the Center for the Advancement of Sport, has had a long, illustrious career at UB. Among her many accomplishments, she was coach of the first team to win a D1 championship with the women’s tennis epic MAC title effort in 2008. Over her 23 year career at UB, Kathy has tirelessly worked to serve the University, the Athletic Department, and most of all, students. Kathy’s efforts to foster diversity and inclusion garnered both institutional and individual awards as she led the MAC and the NCAA in pioneering inclusion for all.
Kathy’s support of the Center was crucial. The Center is especially appreciative of Kathy’s role in creating the externship program through which law students are given first hand experience in addressing real world sports law concerns in amateur athletics. It was through Kathy’s intervention that the Center was able to place its first extern at the MAC Championships this spring.
We wish Kathy the very best in her retirement. We will continue to emulate her excellent example, always striving to promote excellence, inclusion, and most of all, kindness and empathy in sport. And – we will take every opportunity to lure her back for select engagements in the future. Thank you, again, Kathy – and – GO BULLS!
Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law, including professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues. Drew formerly served as an officer and in-house counsel to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, after previously working as outside counsel to the Sabres and the NHL. Among her more interesting experiences were assisting former USSR superstar Alexander Mogilny in obtaining asylum status in the U.S. and working on multiple NHL expansions, including San Jose, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay.
Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. She is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.