Our team at Side-Out is growing! We welcomed Sydney Cannice as a Team Support Rep to the Side-Out team this week. You can get to know Sydney below!
Who are you?
My name is Sydney Cannice and I am a graduate from George Mason University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Community Health with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Psychology in 2017. Prior to joining the Side-Out team, I served as a Community Health Specialist with the Peace Corps and was living in Michinji, Malawi, South East Africa.
Where are you from?
I was born in San Diego, CA, but moved to Sterling, VA when I was eight months old, and have spent most of my life there.
Tell us about your experience with volleyball before you came to Side-Out.
I began playing volleyball in the 6th grade when my friend talked me into signing up to play for our middle school league. At the time, I had little to no desire to play, but shortly after, I began to love the sport. As I progressed in skill, I played club for NVVA (Northern Virginia Volleyball Association) for five years and LOCO Volleyball Club (Loudoun County Volleyball Club) for one year. For a short time, I coached a middle school volleyball team through NVVA. While attending George Mason University, I both refereed and played intramural volleyball. I have been thankful enough to experience multiple sides of the sport and learn from each position.
What is your role at Side-Out?
I am responsible for communicating with teams and schools in the Northeast and Southeast regions who are participating in Dig Pink. I build relationships with teams and help them better understand what Dig Pink and The Side-Out Foundation is about, and how they can participate.
Foundation Note: Sydney will take over retention teams for Janice, who is moving into the role of Vice President of Programs to help move Side-Out’s mission forward as a foundation.
What is your hidden talent?
I am really good at the claw machine game where you try and grab stuffed animals. I can grab one almost every time.
What three events made the biggest impact on who you are today?
- Moving to Malawi and learning how to live with little to no human comforts such as running water and electricity.
- Becoming an aunt to my two little nephews, Christopher and Connor.
- Studying abroad in Peru and hiking Machu Picchu.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is The Proposal. I can watch the movie any day or time, and it will always make me laugh.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would love to visit Tanzania, specifically, Zanzibar and Mt. Kilimanjaro. I enjoy spending time at the beach and hiking, and hope to one day see the beautiful island that is Zanzibar, and hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.