Category Archives: Testimonials

Victor Hsiao ’15 – Swimming & Diving


Two years ago, I left the Princeton men’s swimming team. I thought I would never come back. It didn’t seem worth the effort. I loved the sport, but I thought I had to let swimming go. I had many other things I wanted to do with my Princeton career and the varsity swim team seemed to be something that was ... Read More »

Mike Catapano ’13 – Football

PU FTB at Lehigh

On Thursday, October 4th, two-time football captain Mike Catapano delivered the following remarks at the 2012 PVC Fall Coaches Luncheon. “Thank you, and good afternoon everyone. I am tremendously honored and privileged to be standing before you today as a representative of this University and its historic football program. It would be simply impossible for me to convey to you ... Read More »

Esmeralda Negron ’05 – Soccer

Princeton assistant women’s soccer coach Esmeralda Negron ’05 went to Haiti this summer on a service project. Here is her story in her own words. Three weeks ago I embarked on my first service trip. I was headed to Haiti with the “Konekte” group, which means connect in Creole. The group was comprised of families, young adults and Princeton Football ... Read More »

Dick Kazmaier ’52 – Football


On June 2nd, 2012, the Class of 1952 dedicated the statue of Heisman Trophy Winner Dick Kazmaier ’52, on the occasion of their 60th Reunion. The following remarks were delivered by Mr. Kazmaier at the dedication. Thank you Rudy. Also, thank you for working with Gary Walters ’67, our Ford Family Director of Athletics, and other University administrators to place ... Read More »

Devona Allgood ’12 – Basketball

The following keynote address was given by Devona Allgood ’12 at the 15th Annual PVC Awards Banquet, on May 31st, 2012 Good evening. Thank you to the Princeton Varsity Club for the opportunity to speak on behalf of this great community of Princeton Varsity athletes. Such immense excitement surrounds this event, and it is an honor to be able to ... Read More »

Clay Blackiston ’12 – Squash

Clay Blackiston ’12 delivered the following address as a keynote speaker at the 15th Annual PVC Awards Banquet on May 31st, 2012. I’m not athletic. Fellow senior Doug Davis is the second highest scorer in Princeton men’s basketball history behind Bill Bradley. I was banned from playing middle school basketball at recess because I couldn’t grasp the concept of “dribbling.” ... Read More »

Tommy Wornham ’12 – Football

On October 12th, Princeton football student-athlete Tommy Wornham ’12 joined PVC members, Princeton coaches, student-athletes, and administrators at the Class of ’56 Lounge in Princeton Stadium for the PVC Fall Coaches Luncheon. Wornham, a senior quarterback and team co-captain, gave the following address. I visited many different schools during the recruiting process, just about all of the Ivy League schools ... Read More »

Steven Cody ’12 – Football

On October 12th, Princeton football student-athlete Steven Cody ’12 joined PVC members, Princeton coaches, student-athletes, and administrators at the Class of ’56 Lounge in Princeton Stadium for the PVC Fall Coaches Luncheon. Cody, a senior linebacker and team co-captain, gave the following address. I am truly honored to speak on behalf of the PVC and the football team today.  Walt Disney ... Read More »

Bert Kerstetter ’66 – Football

Kerstetter rushes through the line versus Colgate (Image courtesy Daily Princetonian Larry DuPraz Digital Archive, 18 October 1965)

Bert Kerstetter ’66 gave the following address while sitting on a panel of former Princeton student-athletes during Reunions Weekend 2011. The discussion focused on the myriad ways that the panelists’ undergrad and post-graduate experiences have been shaped by their participation in intercollegiate athletics. It was entitled “The Post-Game Show: Putting the Values of Princeton Athletics into Practice,” and was moderated ... Read More »

Alexandra Douwes ’11


Douwes delivered this speech as her keynote address at the 2011 PVC Banquet on May 26, 2011. An All-Ivy, All-Region, and NFHCA National Academic performer, Douwes grew up in the Netherlands before attending Princeton. “I would like to start with a short poem that is a favorite of John Wooden’s, one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time at ... Read More »

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