The UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program Selection Committee is pleased to announce this quarter's Hero Highlight award recipient is Claire Grote! She is recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics Team Oakland.

Name: Claire Grote
Job Title: Academic Labor Relations Specialist
HR Team/Work Unit: Academic Affairs

Why Nominated:
“Since 2014, Claire has coached the Team Oakland Special Olympics swim team. Each Saturday morning from March to June, Claire volunteers several hours of her time training the Team Oakland athletes in preparation for a mid-season regional swim meet and for the annual Summer Games, which take place each year at the end of the training season. Claire's dedication to her athletes shows in her immersive coaching style: she does not just coach from the water's edge--she gets in the water with the athletes, and every once in a while, ends up with a kickboard or foot to her face. This doesn't seem to stop her from enthusiastically returning every weekend to coach her athletes. In 2015, Claire traveled to Davis with the team for a full weekend of competition at the Special Olympics World Games. Claire stayed with the team and coached and cheered on the Team Oakland athletes as they competed on their biggest stage.” 

What does Claire enjoy doing outside of work?
“Outside of work I enjoy various forms of exploration, whether that be international travel, long walks in Golden Gate Park, skiing in Tahoe, or watching a documentary on the couch with my loving husband. I also love food and wine and taking advantage of living in close proximity to wine country. Of course, I am also looking forward to the start of the approaching swim season for Special Olympics Team Oakland– go ducks!”

About the UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program
The Hero Highlight Award (MyAccess login required) was created to recognize employees in UCSF HR for their efforts toward community service, volunteer work, and/or military service. Any UCSF employee can nominate HR employees for this award, and up to three awards are presented per quarter. Learn more about the UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program here (MyAccess login required).

For questions, please contact the Selection Committee Co-Chairs Maryam Farshad or Norma Fong.