Nick Alers has shined both on the field and in the classroom during his Yale career. He has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of his first three seasons with the Bulldogs and last fall was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team after earning third team recognition as a sophomore. Alers, a senior, is the latest Total Mortgage Athlete Spotlight of the Week.
Alers, a two-time team most valuable player, has started all 42 games he has appeared in during his career and has anchored Yale's defense. Last fall as a junior, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition despite being limited to 10 games because of injury. Alers enjoyed a memorable sophomore campaign, earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team and first team All-Ivy honors. As a freshman, he was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.
This fall, Alers was selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in men's collegiate soccer.
In addition to his success on the field, Alers has been active in the New Haven community. He served as a tutor at Saint Martin de Porres Academy in the summer of 2012, mentoring and tutoring fifth grade students during an afterschool program for underprivileged youth. He also has taken an active role in the men's soccer team's outreach program, which directs soccer training sessions for underprivileged area children.
In the classroom, Alers earned Academic All-Ivy recognition last fall. He also co-authored "Putin and USAID: The Makings of a Grip Too Tight on Power," which appeared in the Yale Review of International Studies in the fall of 2012. Alers has a 3.98 grade point average as an economics major at Yale.
Alers and his teammates play their home opener on Friday night against Fairfield at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
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