Category Archives: Testimonials

Bob Mueller ’66 – Lacrosse

Excerpts from the acceptance speech of the 2006 Citizen-Athlete Award recipient: Bob Mueller ’66 “It now has been forty years since we in the Class of 1966 graduated from Princeton. An occasion such as this triggers reflections on how Princeton, and more particularly sports at Princeton, shaped our lives.” “When we consider the influence of sports on our lives, we ... Read More »

Margie Gengler Smith ’73 – Tennis

When I reflect on my experience as a student-athlete at Princeton, the words “family” and “pioneer”surface. I grew up in a Princeton family but never aspired to take a personal role since Princeton was an all male institution. My grandfather John Logan ’13 was a member of the prestigious Walter Camp all-American football team. (Hobey Baker was his teammate on ... Read More »

Frank Sowinski ’78 – Basketball

As I look back at the lessons I learned at Princeton, two realizations stand above all others. The first is the importance of the quality of your work. The second is learning what it takes to play to win. While I had a basic understanding of these principles before arriving on campus, my experiences at Princeton crystallized the realization that ... Read More »

Emily Goodfellow ’76 – Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Squash

Princeton Athletics was where I found my own distinctive voice. This is not to minimize the validation I found in pursuing my major (Religion) or in doing my thesis under the guidance of the late Professor Horton Davies, but simply that there on the playing fields of Lourie-Love and in Jadwin I made my mark and found my friends. I ... Read More »

Wendy Herm ’99, Softball

During my playing career, I had a rather simple view of the student-athlete experience at Princeton – we worked hard, played hard and had a tremendous sense of pride in both our academic and athletic accomplishments. Now, having worked for six years and recently completed the business school application process, I have a much more evolved perspective on what it ... Read More »

Stephen Belmonte ’99 – Soccer

I felt as if I had been dropped onto a fast-moving treadmill. The pace of play was faster, the players bigger, and the skill level unquestionably superior to anything I’d encountered before. I probably spent more time in awe of the whirlwind play around me than asserting myself into the fray. As I struggled to adjust to the collegiate game, ... Read More »

Michael Spence ’66 – Hockey

Excerpts from the acceptance speech of the 2004 Citizen-Athlete Award Recipient: Michael Spence ’66 …”I have been an academic administrator, venture capitalist, and board member. But at heart I am an academic-economist. What I do is stare at things that are very complex, and try to make them seem simple – first to myself and then to others. “People who ... Read More »

Carter Marsh Abbott ’97, Soccer & Lacrosse

My experience as a student-athlete at Princeton in women’s soccer and lacrosse prepared me for my career in ways I did not fathom at the time. My life was typical of most student-athletes: class, practice, lift, late meal, library, bed, then do it again, with maybe a night every now and then. This life, while busy and demanding, both inspired ... Read More »

Gary Walters ’67 – Basketball

I’m occasionally asked by coaches to help out with recruiting, and when I am, I generally point to the team pictures on my wall and discuss the career achievements of my teammates with prospective students. For you see, what you have accomplished as Princeton student-athletes is only the beginning of the beginning. It’s what you accomplish in your respective careers ... Read More »

Hillary Schmidt ’06 – Field Hockey

There are so many memories and experiences I will cherish from my four years as a varsity athlete. A particular game, the last one I played in a Princeton uniform, first comes to mind. It is a perfect example of teamwork, effort, and heart. Princeton field hockey hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament and played Duke, who was ... Read More »

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