BOSTON, MA – On Sunday, January 27th, Amherst LEADS began its spring semester event schedule with an off-campus event for the First-Year Initiative (FYI) student-athletes. Per tradition, the Sunday before the spring semester begins FYI student-athletes travel off campus to engage in a day of fun and memorable experiences.
The day began with a guided tour of Fenway park. Known as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” Fenway is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston and is the oldest baseball stadium currently in use. The tour included sitting in the original seats created for the stadium in 1912, visiting Peskey’s Pole, and sitting on top of the legendary Green Monster, which stands at 37 feet 2 inches high.
Following the tour, the student-athletes chatted with former Amherst College soccer player Ian Rothkopf. Ian Rothkopf graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and Pre-Medical studies. While at Amherst he was a varsity soccer captain, team player of the year, Scholar All-American, and national semi-finalist. Ian achieved an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 2017. While pursuing this degree, he interned with Nike Corporate Strategy & Development, reporting directly to the CEO and CFO. Ian is currently the Vice President of Summit Partners, a Boston-based portfolio management and operations company. His work specializes in aiding management teams to identify and execute growth strategies that build long-term value. He previously held the title of Principal and Engagement Manager at The Parthenon Group in Boston, where he led strategic consulting projects. Ian commits his spare time as a Board Member of Spark Academy, where he mentors students and advises on program design and fundraising efforts. Ian shared his tips and tricks of his time at Amherst College including deciding (or not deciding) to do a thesis, connecting with faculty members, and making friends outside of the athletic community. Such wonderful and applicable advice for the first-years!
After hearing Ian speak, the student-athletes boarded the buses and headed to Boda Borg located in Malden. Boda Borg is a real-world gaming environment or as they like to call it, “Questing.” Teams of three to five student-athletes move through Quests tackling a variety of mental and physical challenges. Success on one challenge means entry into the next challenge and so on. Failure in any challenge means starting over or selecting another Quest. It is evident that the student-athletes needed to rely on teamwork and leadership skills in order to solve and accomplish each Quest.
It was another fun-filled event in the books for the FYI student-athletes. With the semester starting tomorrow we look forward to many other exciting events for the LEADS student-athletes. Stay tuned!