NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior gymnast Allison Mak has been selected to receive a Seton Ivy Award from the City of New Haven for her contributions to the improved relations between Yale and New Haven. The Seton Ivy and Elm Awards were established in 1979 by Fenmore Seton ’38 and his wife Phyllis to honor outstanding efforts to expand the partnership between Yale and New Haven made by both members of the New Haven community and Yale staff, faculty, and students.
For the past four years, Mak has been involved with the Bulldog Buddies program, a mentorship program that pairs student-athletes with students in New Haven’s Vincent Mauro Elementary School, and the Yale Athletic Department’s Holiday Gift Giving Initiative, in which Yale’s varsity teams “adopt” and purchase holiday gifts for a needy New Haven family. During her junior and senior years, Mak coordinated each of these student-run initiatives. To Mak, these experiences have proved to be one of the most important parts of her time at Yale.
“I am honored to receive the Ivy Award. Community service has been a significant part of my experience at Yale as well as one of the aspects that I have enjoyed the most. I am proud to help out and volunteer in the New Haven community, and I think it has been an experience that has enriched my time here.”
Mak will officially receive the award at a banquet held Community Foundation for Greater New Haven on Sunday, Apr. 11.
Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity.