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Gala honoring Dartmouth athletes is May 16

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Saturday, May 16, at the
Westin Copley Place,

Reception: 6-7 p.m.

Dinner: 7-11 p.m.

Featuring Remarks by
President James Wright

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

At the sixth Wearers of the Green gala, Dartmouth celebrates students, alumni, and coaches who have made their mark in sport at the highest level. As it has every five years since its inception in 1984, the May 16 event in Boston will count Olympians and national champions, members of major professional teams and halls of fame, Ivy League performers of the year, and members of national teams, among its honorees.

Dartmouth has chosen a fitting master of ceremonies in Peter Roby '79, athletic director at Northeastern University and former director of the Study of Sport in Society. Roby, a former Big Green basketball co-captain, has spoken about how sports can affect positive social change in the national and international media.

Roby will be joined by the event's co-chairs, former Big Green football star David Shula '81 and former women's hockey standout Gretchen Ulion Silverman '94. The theme of the celebration is the more than $84 million in athletics facility improvements Dartmouth has made since 2000.

The four coaches and 169 athletes to be inducted run the gamut from Ben True '08, an All-American in cross country, track and skiing, to Eric Zaslow '89, a national and international champion in masters Ultimate Frisbee, to Lee Spelke '55, winner of numerous masters championships in squash.

Honorary Wearers will be President James Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright, Doug Floren '63, John Engelman '68, and late Sports Information Director Kathy Slattery Phillips.

Dartmouth Life takes a quick look at three of this year's inductees:


Sarah Parsons ’10 (Photo by David Silverman)

Sarah Parsons '10, women's ice hockey
Wearers of the Green Category: Olympian/national team member

Before she ever wore a Dartmouth Big Green uniform, the Dover, Mass., skater wore red, white, and blue.

Parsons deferred enrollment at Dartmouth to play for the U.S. National Team in the Torino Winter Olympics and as the youngest member of the team at age 17, helped America win bronze. Despite taking a shot that broke her ankle in her first game this winter, the junior became the 29th member of the Big Green's 100-point club while helping Dartmouth to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship and a berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament.

Beyond an NCAA title, she has another dream. "I would be absolutely thrilled if I got to go to the Olympics again in 2010," she says. "It was an unbelievable experience that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world, but I think winning a gold medal would make it that much better."

Like the other inductees, she is proud to become a Wearer of the Green.

"I feel very honored and pretty surprised to become a part of this group-just looking at some of the other names is definitely humbling," she says.


Craig Henderson ’09 (Photo by John Risley)

Craig Henderson '09, men's soccer
Wearers of the Green Categories: All-America, Ivy Player of Year, Olympian/national team member (New Zealand)

It would be hard to imagine anyone having a much better senior year than Dartmouth midfielder Craig Henderson of Wellington, New Zealand. He started it by representing his homeland in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Then he helped the Big Green soccer team to the Ivy League championship and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16. After finishing sixth in the Ivy League in points, he was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team and unanimously chosen the third player in school history to be named Ivy League Player of the Year. He capped his dream season by being picked for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team, and as a Wearer of the Green.

"It was a great thrill to represent my country at the Olympics and I am privileged to be honored alongside many outstanding Dartmouth athletes from past and present," says Henderson, who hopes ultimately to play in a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.


Laura Spector ’10 at the 2009 Biathlon World Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Nordic Focus for U.S. Biathlon)

Laura Spector '10, women's biathlon
Wearers of the Green Category: national champion, national team

The 5-foot resident of Lenox, Mass., stood tall in the biathlon world during her sophomore year when she captured three Junior National Championships. This winter she helped the U.S. Team place 10th in the relay competition at the World Championships (the best American finish since 1997) and placed 58th in the sprint and also 58th in pursuit.

In March she skied a World Cup race at the 2010 Olympic course in Whistler, Canada, where she hopes to return next year as a member of the U.S. team.

Spector appreciates the scope of the Wearers celebration.

"The fact that Dartmouth recognizes athletes in so many disciplines, including biathlon, is encouraging for the future of this sport, whose popularity is still growing in the United States," she says.



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Last Updated: 1/14/10