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Pensavalle Named National Award Nominee

Photo by Steve Musco
Photo by Steve Musco

Senior Forward Up for Hockey Humanitarian Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior forward Courtney Pensavalle has been named one of 11 nominees for the annual Hockey Humanitarian Award, the committee announced Tuesday.

"It's an incredible honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award, (especially) within a community that values the importance of touching the lives around you," said Pensavalle. "I am a firm believer in the immense power of volunteering and its ability to bring a sense of value and perspective to one's life. I feel extremely grateful to have been able to merge my passions for ice hockey and volunteering at Yale."

Around campus, Pensavalle is a member of  the acapella singing group composed of Yale student-athletes, the Unorthojocks. Her love for singing reaches the rink as well, as she sings the National Anthem at Ingalls Rink before games. Pensavalle served as a volunteer for Achieve, a tutoring program for inner-city middle school students from Boston public schools, as well as a volunteer for Tops Soccer working with developmentally challenged children, teaching them to play soccer. She also volunteers at a food kitchen run by a church in Lawrence, Mass. She spent one of her recent spring breaks on a trip to Guatemala and worked at a non-profit community-centered school called Safe Passage.

Pensavalle also currently serves as the lead drive coordinator for the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Registration Drive, partnered with Be the Match. She manages and executes the yearly spring drive in honor of fallen teammate Mandi Schwartz, a member of the Yale Bulldogs.

"Through my experiences working with the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, I feel fortunate to have met (Yale) alums like Aleca Hughes and Bray Ketchum that continue to honor and give back to the causes they believe in long past their time wearing the Yale Jersey," said Pensavalle.

She also has been strong in the classroom, with a 3.9 major-focused GPA as well as multiple ECAC Hockey All-Academic selections.

Pensavalle has five points this season and 38 points in 111 games in her career, the most games among active Yale players.