June 9, 2011 - SAAC Honors Dartmouth students for National Student-Athlete Day
By Virginia Peisch, Jaeger Civic Intern
Dartmouth’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently honored four Dartmouth student-athletes who excelled in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. The students were recognized in the context of the National Student-Athlete Day, a national initiative that is supported by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
According to SAAC President Katie Horner (’11, women’s hockey), the executives of SAAC decided to join this national program in an effort “to highlight some of the outstanding achievements of student athletes.” She adds that many incredible accomplishments are not appreciated appropriately because Dartmouth student-athletes tend to be humble and reluctant to boast about themselves. 20 Dartmouth student-athletes were nominated for the award and the SAAC executive narrowed it down to four students, two men and two women. The 2011 winners were Adam Rice, Dave Irving, Andrea Imhof, and Hayley Daniell!
Andrea Imhof, a senior on the women’s cross country team said that she felt honored to “be recognized alongside people [she] consider[s] to be such incredible role models.” Andrea has been involved in a variety of different community service programs since her freshman year at Dartmouth. She has been a mentor at Thetford elementary school, has volunteered as a ski instructor with the Ford Sayre Spectra program and worked as a coach for Girls on Track at Hartford Middle School. This past summer, Andrea travelled to Ghana where she taught at a school with World Partners in Education, a Hanover-based non-profit organization.
Dave Irving, a senior on the men’s track and field team, has also been active in the Upper Valley community. He has been very involved with the Boys Speak Out initiative as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was both surprised and honored when he found out about the awards, adding that “peer nominations are particularly special to [him].” Dave explains that the award reflects the valued of Dartmouth athletics and that he is “thankful to be a representative for such a prestigious group of scholar athletes who are involved in the community.”
SAAC is currently planning on honoring Dartmouth student-athletes annually and will try to incorporate a community service element into the 2012 National Student-Athlete Day. We look forward to seeing who next year’s winners are!