Spring 2016

“I am the warrior.”

Who was that fierce-looking warrior suited up for the showdown between the Hendrix College Warriors and their conference rival? He was none other than Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui.

Spitting Image

In 2015, an NCAA tobacco use survey asked more than 1,300 college baseball coaches and umpires whether spit tobacco was a problem for the sport. About 67 percent of coaches said they rarely or never see their players use it.

First and Foremost

Saint Leo University’s Maddie Holub will have a hard time topping her first year on the job. Holub, 25, was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in her debut season.

Stroke of Determination

University of Delaware senior Kate Sneddon doesn’t let her cystic fibrosis pull her away from her passions. She tried backing off sports in college, but boredom led to rowing – and the discovery of a new love.

‘Once in a Lifetime’

Jennifer Martinez, now a professor at Evergreen State College, teaches her students about biology. But 10 years ago, while competing in softball at St. Joseph’s College (Long Island), she was schooling the opposition.

Feeding Their Souls

Neumann University emphasizes five values for its student body: reverence, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship. Each was on display when the field hockey team sacrificed a home game to serve others.

A Pitcher With Command

Good grades came naturally to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy pitcher, who is majoring in energy systems engineering. But school, he says, could only teach so much.

“I was just trying to help a guy out.”

When Chris Miller saw a man in his late 50s in cardiac arrest at a local gym, his instincts took over. The 23-year-old Seton Hill University baseball player remained calm and level-headed, rushing to the man’s side.

“It comes down to loving people.”

Kelly Jo McLendon hasn’t spent her college summers lingering in her hometown or working on softball pitching mechanics. Instead, the East Texas Baptist University student has taught children with special needs.

Translation: More Fans

The first time Bruce Lu attended a football game, he was a high school exchange student living in Kansas. He knew nearly nothing about the American sport when he climbed into the stands to cheer on his peers.

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