Caroline Stedman, Amherst College
Enjoying a stellar career in Purple and White, Caroline
Stedman graduated in 2012 as one of the most decorated
student-athletes in program history.
A three-time All-NESCAC honoree and two-time conference Player of the Year, she helped the Jeffs capture three league titles en route to four consecutive appearances in the National Semifinals.
Garnering NCAA Final Four MVP honors after leading Amherst to its first national championship in 2011, Stedman continued to excel as a senior, averaging 14.1 points per game, including a 17.2 clip over her final five outings. Earning praise on both the D3hoops.com and WBCA All-America teams for the second-straight season, she was also named the D3hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year and the WBCA Player of the Year.
Finishing fifth on the school's scoring list (1,256) and among the program leaders in steals, blocks and assists, Stedman was a finalist for the prestigious Collegiate Women Sports Awards' Division III Player of the Year, as well as the Jostens Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year.
Taking account basketball ability, academic prowess and community service, the award models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete.
A double major in Spanish and English, the Walpole, Mass. native twice earned recognition on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, while receiving a pair of appointments to the NESCAC All-Academic squad.
An active member of the College community, Stedman spent the last three years as a member of Amherst's Center for Community Engagement (CCE), taking on administrative duties and assisting with service events.
Participating in A Better Chance (ABC), a tutoring service for under-privileged urban students who have had the opportunity to receive their education in Amherst, has also joined her teammates in taking part in Project Coach to work with youths from the Springfield area in an effort to empower them in the athletic realm.
Working with a professor of economics to research the socio-economic and environmental impact of payments for ecosystem services in Mexico last summer, Stedman also volunteered in Costa Rica as a rising junior, helping run a literacy camp, open a library and teach English classes in severely under-resourced areas.