Leader in sustainability, athletics headlines group of 15 earning HCAC Academic All-Conference Honors

February 07, 2014

Sam Embry ‘14 made 63 saves for the Earlham men’s soccer team in leading the Quakers to a regular-season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title. 

But the New York City native and sociology/anthropology major is no stranger to leadership roles off the Earlham College playing field either. 

As Athletics Coordinator for the College’s Sustainability Corps, Embry is putting ideas into action to make the athletics department and Wellness Center more environmentally friendly.

“I started out trying to find small ways to make that happen and how to set up a realistic plan for the year,” Embry says. “One project is to install a special water fountain at the Wellness Center to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.” 

Embry also is part of a movement on campus to establish a chapter of Athlete Ally on campus, an organization that works to end homophobia and transphobia among athletes.

“Establishing groups on campus is a lot of work so our first goal is to establish a chapter,” he says. “Moving forward, we want to talk about more concrete things we can do to fight homophobia and transphobia in athletics. By participating in intercollegiate athletics, I quickly became aware of just how difficult it is for people in the athletics community who aren’t straight, who aren’t men, or who aren’t rich to be accepted.” 

Embry is one of 15 Earlhamites named recently to HCAC Academic All-Conference fall-sport teams, for having a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. To be named to the list, athletes must also have completed one year of eligibility in HCAC play. 

Earlham’s representatives on the team include: 

  • Cross Country: Maddie Fega; Mackenzie Hepburn; Hanna Klondaris; and John Rezende-Shalom; 
  • Women's Tennis: Olivia Engle; Annie Foley; and Claire Welsh; 
  • Men's Soccer: Sam Embry; and 
  • Women's Soccer: Betty Alemu; Gia Casaburo; Annie Frodeman; Claire Murphy; Christine Page; Shannon Pratt-Harrington; and Elizabeth Richards. 

Embry says Earlham has given him the best of both worlds: Opportunities to pursue his passions in both academics and athletics.

“Soccer is one of the biggest passions of my life,” he says. “Part of being a successful athlete is being disciplined. That’s something I’ve carried over to my academic life.”

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

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