May 21, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Five seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual Senior Varsity Dinner Wednesday night in Commons. Football player Alan Kimball (Olathe, Kan.), cross country/track athlete Jessie MacLeod (Guilford, Conn.) and women's swimmer Katelyn Kane (Basking Ridge, N.J.) received the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Women's rower Jennie Hansen (Rosemont, Pa.) and football player David Silberstein (Wyckoff, N.J.) were presented with the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. In addition, the men's tennis team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team GPA.
The Kiphuth Award, given to the male and female student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity letters prior to their senior year, is named in honor of DeLaney Kiphuth '41, M.A. '47. Kiphuth served as Director of Athletics from 1954 through 1976.
Kimball, a kicker for the Bulldogs football team, has been awarded a 2007-08 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was a three-year letterwinner and led the Ivy League in 2007 with 1.40 field goals per game. Last fall he was a semifinalist for the Draddy Award as the nation's top football scholar. MacLeod, who helped the women's cross country team win the 2007 Brodhead Award, was a distance runner for the Bulldogs. Kane, who swam freestyle and butterfly for the Bulldogs, received three awards - the William Leeming Jelliffe Award, the MacLeish Memorial Swimming Trophy and the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Trophy - at the team's annual post season banquet.
The Ford Award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes who during the past four years have demonstrated their commitment to strengthening the relationship between Yale Athletics and the youth in the New Haven community. It is named in honor of Thomas W. Ford '42, who endowed the Yale Department of Athletics Community Outreach Program in the fall of 1996.
Hansen, the captain of Yale's nationally ranked women's crew team, has been an active member of the Yale Community Rowing program. She has helped to organize and coach the youth "Learn To Row" clinics and served as a leader on the summer staff for the program, which gives hundreds of New Haven youth the opportunity to get out on the water. Her insights as a coach and mentor during the summer of 2005 helped to create a coaching model that is still in use.
Silberstein, who helped the Yale football team to a 9-1 season last fall, founded the Reading Buddies Program at Clinton Avenue Elementary School, which brought student-athletes to read and mentor children once a week. He also has worked closely with Vincent Mauro Elementary School as well as with two of the department's largest outreach efforts - Bulldog Buddies and the Holiday Gift Giving Initiative.
The Brodhead Award is named in honor of Richard H. Brodhead '68, Ph.D. '72, who served as Dean of Yale College from 1993 through 2004 and was on the faculty of the department of English for over 30 years. The men's tennis team, which had four players earn All-Ivy recognition, received the award with a team GPA of 3.50.