Oct. 2, 2012
Each month, the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes (MAC) recognizes one male and one female University of Minnesota student-athlete for their academic achievements. Katherine Windsor, a junior on the rowing team, was honored as September's Female Student-Athlete of the Month.
The winners of the student-athlete of the month awards are determined by a number of factors evaluated on a monthly basis. Including, but not limited to outstanding test/exam results, GPA improvements, superior modeling in study habits and skills, academic praise from instructors and overall grade reports for a given semester.
"Katherine is the embodiment of the collegiate student-athlete," rowing head coach Wendy Davis said. "She brings tremendous focus and determination to each practice, while also doing everything she can to elevate the performance of her teammates. A natural extension of her commitment to excellence, Katherine has embraced outreach activities. She lives the saying `to whom much is given, much is expected.' Katherine knows she has been given much as a student-athlete, which makes her very generous in allocating her time to give back to the community."
Windsor volunteered to help plan this year's Hope Day Festival, a day of outreach and service to children impacted by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
"Katherine is an outstanding role model for other student-athletes," Anissa Lightner, who was in charge of the HopeDay Festival, said. "She has a healthy and successful approach to balancing her sport, academics and community involvement. I am very proud of Katherine and her dedication to balance as a student-athlete. She has taken full advantage of all the resources that athletics, the MAC, and the University campus have offered her."
This year's event had members from each of Minnesota's varsity teams came out to interact with the kids and assist in activities such as tye-dyeing, throwing water balloons, climbing a rock wall, and playing catch with the football team at TCF Bank Stadium. Along with student-athletes participating in events, pony rides, a BMX bike show, tap-dancing and face painters were just some of the other activities that will also be available for HopeKids families.