Their effort paid off: The 5-foot-4-inch sisters helped propel the Brandeis soccer team to an ECAC championship as freshmen and to the NCAA Division 3 tournament as juniors.
Ali was a midfielder and defender and three-year starter, while Mimi, a midfielder, had career totals of 21 goals and 17 assists as a four-year starter.
â€œI miss them both,â€™â€™ said Brandeis womenâ€™s soccer coach Denise Dallamora, now in her 40th season. â€œThey were hard workers and excellent soccer players and compassionate and considerate individuals.â€™â€™
Ali and Mimiâ€™s chosen fields reflect growing up with another sister with cerebral palsy and helping with her care.
Now 29, Ali resides in Hartford with her husband, Vijay, and coordinates services for students with disabilities at Quinnipiac University, while Mimi resides in Baltimore. Among several endeavors as a licensed behavior analyst specializing in autism, she is clinical director at Strategies, Inc.
At Walpole High, the Theodores were soccer captains and members of the basketball, track, and softball teams.
â€œIâ€™ll never forget the date â€“ October 10, 2006,â€™â€™ recalled Mimi, a Bay State Conference first team and Eastern Mass. soccer all-star. â€œAli spotted me with a perfect pass to set up our game-winning goal against Dedham and we went on to win the Herget Division championship.â€™â€™
During the winter at Brandeis, the sisters worked the shot clock and handled stats at the Judgesâ€™ home basketball games. As seniors in 2012, they returned to the softball field for the first time since high school and helped Brandeis go 27-18 and finish runner-up in the ECAC tournament.
â€œIt was a great ending to four years of wearing a Brandeis uniform,â€™â€™ said Ali. â€œWe loved every second of it.â€™â€™