Gopher softball senior Kaitlyn Richardson, '15 BSB, and Minnesota men's hockey captain Kyle Rau, '15 BSB, accepted the Patty Berg Legacy and Henry L. Williams Awards, respectively. These awards recognize one male and one female student-athlete who excel in competition and in the classroom while representing the values of the athletics department.
Richardson is a two-time All-American and two-time Academic All-Big Ten third baseman who has started in every game of her career (164 and counting). She has led the team in batting average in each of the last two seasons. Richardson also has an unblemished run as a Scholar-Athlete, earning the honor every semester of her career as she pursues her major in human resources and industrial relations at the Carlson School.
"Patty Berg is an inspiration to me and embraced every aspect of being a Gopher," Richardson says. "I will continue to push myself just as Patty Berg did for the rest of my career here and life after school."
Rau is a two-year captain for the men's hockey team. His 19 career game-winning goals are the most among all active NCAA players and he earned both All-Big Ten and All-America honors as the Gophers reached last season's NCAA championship game. He's also collected an impressive list of team, conference, and national academic awards while majoring in marketing in the Carlson School.
"We really can't thank you enough for all of the opportunities you have given each and every one of us," he said as he accepted the award during during the Golden Gopher Fund Scholarship Banquet held in October. "To be able to put on that Gopher hockey jersey every night and represent the whole state of Minnesota means so much to me."
Check out the following video for more on what this award means to Richardson.