Sara Binkhorst, Women's Basketball, Bowdoin College
The heart and soul of the Polar Bear women’s basketball team over the last four years, Sara Binkhorst graduated Bowdoin College having left an indelible mark on her program and her campus.
A four-year starter for Bowdoin, Binkhorst developed into one of the finest shooters and most decorated players in the renowned history of the program. She finished her career with 1,075 points to finish 11th all-time at the school and ranks fourth in program history with 145 career three-pointers. A two-time First Team All-NESCAC selection, Binkhorst was named New England Women’s Basketball Association and Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year as a senior. With her on the team, Bowdoin reached the NCAA Tournament on three occasions, including a pair of “Sweet Sixteen” appearances.
A natural leader, Binkhorst was twice named captain of the women’s basketball team and was one of the most recognizable faces on campus during her time beneath the pines. She served for three years and as a co-leader of both the College’s Peer Health and V-Space programs in the Student Affairs Office while also volunteering with Special Olympics and as a tutor at a local elementary school. She was also a director for the Senior Class Gift Campaign, which helped raise money for financial aid at Bowdoin. This spring, Binkhorst received the Athletic Department’s Wil Smith Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Bowdoin and greater Mid-coast communities.
A Sociology major and Teaching minor, Binkhorst was an Academic All-NESCAC honoree during her time at Bowdoin. She will continue in her leadership role next year at Brown University, where she has been named as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.
“Bowdoin instills in athletes a sense of something that is much bigger than they are,” says Binkhorst. “The legacy of representing the College, engaging with the community, and giving back. A strong tradition of working together toward common goals and sacrificing for the greater community prevails.”