Allee Hernandez – On A Mission

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Alle Hernandez and her teammate Jordyn Pyle on the St. Francis Womens Basketeball Team.

Allee Hernandez is a 2016 Providence Catholic graduate and a graduate of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. She was a basketball player during her four years there, and now serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Women’s basketball team at USF while enrolled in their Masters of Teaching and Learning Program. And, she’s a high school English teacher.

Yet it’s her mission to help others that stands out.

“On February 27th, Jordan Pyle, my best friend, college roommate, and one of the current USF women’s basketball players received news that her father passed away in their hometown of Traralgon, Australia. She learned of this tragedy while she was in my home in Homer Glen, IL roughly 10,000 miles away from her mother and two younger brothers. She was able to obtain a flight back to Australia on Thursday, March 4, but because of COVID restrictions in her country, she was stuck in an isolated quarantine for two weeks and still unable to be with her mother and brothers right away.”

Allee knew she wanted to help her friend, and bring some light to a difficult year. In effort to aide the Pyle family, Allee pledged to run a marathon on Old Plank Trail that will begin and end behind Providence’s football field.

“I hope to raise enough money to cover the cost for six round trip tickets from Australia to America for her mother and two younger brothers so that they will be able to come see her next year at Christmas and on her graduation day next May. Additionally, I hope to cover the costs of her living expenses (remaining tuition) for her final school year at USF.”

When she figured out what she wanted to do – the marathon – it just made sense to start and end someplace that meant so much to her – Providence. If you’re interested in learning more about Allee’s run, she can be reached at (708) 897-6863 or email me at

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