On Jan. 22 and 23, the CCE Athletics Liaisons facilitated a 24-hour retreat to train 19 new Athletic Team Engagement Leaders (ATELs) to effectively lead the community engagement efforts on their respective teams.

Even for seasoned swimmers, the Hour of Power is a grueling team workout: an hour of continuous relays, using a variety of strokes, intended to end in complete exhaustion. On Nov. 13, over 8,000 student-athletes nationwide dove into the pool to participate in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research. That translates to 180 teams that aid in the Ted Mullin Fund’s biggest annual fundraiser. Amherst has been one of those teams since the event’s creation.

Hillary Densen ’13 is standing up to lung cancer, and she is doing her part to encourage other student-athletes at Amherst to do the same. Densen is partnering with several of her lacrosse teammates and Jill’s Legacy, a lung cancer awareness organization, to produce a 5K race to raise funds and awareness about a severely underfunded, misrepresented and stigmatized disease.

“Can I talk about how I was raised by bears?” Michelle Escobar asked as she set her tray down to begin our interview over dinner at Val. For anyone who’s known Escobar at Amherst, this imaginative albeit unhelpful introduction comes as no surprise.
Escobar is a Theatre and Dance and Spanish double major at Amherst, which speaks to a lot of things about her nature: she’s energetic, spunky, animated and always up for a little performing.

On Tuesday, March 29, the Amherst LEADS program hosted an event to encourage student-athletes to engage in their community. The event, called “Caring Deeply,” is the fifth part of a year-long series of events directed at first-year student-athletes in the First Year Initiative Program.

Last Saturday, Amherst lost to defending champion Norwich Univ. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a score of 5-0.

While Amherst had dealt Norwich their first shutout in almost 70 games earlier in the season, they came up scoreless against Cadet goalie Kelly Fisk.

Stephanie Invernizzi, Renee Lortie and Julie Fortier each contributed a goal for Norwich, with Jillayne DeBus notching two.

Senior goalkeeper Sinead Murphy served Amherst, posting 21 total saves.

This weekend, Amherst College students, student-athletes and coaches rallied around the 17th annual “Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowl-a-Thon,” the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. Two athletic teams — women’s soccer and men’s track — were represented at the bowl-a-thon, which raised over $65,000 this year (exceeding its fundraising goal).