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Wildcats are global citizens with the knowledge, skills, and desire to engage in a global society. Engaged leaders who design and lead the future of their communities and their world. Fulfilled individuals who engage in productive lives and personally satisfying work — and all of whom embody competitive excellence.

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  • Film/TV
    Dan Hicks has been a sportscaster with NBC Sports since 1992. Hicks has served as lead play-by-play host for golf since 2000. He also has covered 11 Olympic Games.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Trevor Hoffman is a former baseball relief pitcher who played 18 years in Major League Baseball from 1993 to 2010. A long-time closer, Hoffman pitched for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, and the Milwaukee Brewers, including more than 15 years for the Padres. He was the major leagues' first player to reach the 500- and 600-save milestones, and was the all-time saves leader from 2006 until 2011.
    He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • Arts
    Rick Hoffman is an actor best known for playing Louis Litt in the legal drama series "Suits." He graduated from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York before attending the University of Arizona. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to start an acting career.
  • Arts
    John Hughes was a writer, director, and producer. He wrote and directed some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 90s, including "National Lampoon's Vacation" and its sequels, and "Mr. Mom."
    His work includes pioneering entries in the teen movie genre like "Sixteen Candles," "Weird Science," "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Pretty in Pink" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Ifunanya "Ify" Ibekwe is a former member of the Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball. She was drafted in 2011 by Seattle Storm.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Andre Iguodala is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. Iguodala has been named to the All-Star game and the NBA All-Defensive team, and was selected for the American men's basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.
  • Literature
    J.A. Jance is an American author of mystery and horror novels. She writes at least three series of novels, centering on retired Seattle Police Department officer J. P. Beaumont, Arizona county sheriff Joanna Brady, and Ali Reynolds. At signings, Jance asks bookstores to donate a percentage of their earnings from her appearances to various causes. Over the past 10 years, she has raised more than $250,000 for charity.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Richard Jefferson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA. He was also a member of the USA men's national basketball team at the 2003 Tournament of the Americas and the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • Business
    Woody Johnson is an American businessman and philanthropist and the owner of the New York Jets of the National Football League.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Former University of Arizona basketball player Nick Johnson was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2014, foregoing his final year of college.  As a freshman at the University of Arizona, Johnson was name to the 2012 Pac-12 All-freshman team, while also earing honorable mention Pac-12 All-defensive team honors, and Pac-12 player of the year during his sophomore and junior year.
  • Sciences
    Thomas Jones is a former United States astronaut. He was selected to the astronaut corps in 1990 and completed four space shuttle flights before retiring in 2001. He flew on STS-59 and STS-68 in 1994, STS-80 in 1996 and STS-98 in 2001. His total mission time was 53 days 48 minutes. He works as a planetary scientist, space operations consultant, astronaut speaker, and author.
  • Film/TV
    Kourtney Kardashian is an American television personality, fashion designer, and model. In 2007, she and her family were commissioned to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.