NASA Associate Director for the International Space Station and former astronaut Steve Smith has been to space four times and embarked upon seven grueling spacewalks. He is adamant that the time he spent balancing college water polo with his studies at Stanford University provided an invaluable foundation for his career.
Named in recognition of Gerald Ford, the 38th U.S. president and a member of two University of Michigan national-championship football teams, the award honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.
In 1981, with most of its NCAA championship-winning roster returning from the year before – including four first-team All-Americans – expectations were lofty for the Stanford University men’s water polo team.
Junior Mariah Stackhouse has already tied a course record held by Tiger Woods and been featured in Glamour magazine, but her clutch play in her final-round match against Baylor made the Cardinal champions for the first time.