A student-athlete with exceptional perseverance and leadership, Kate Chin entered Bowdoin uncertain about her personal health, let
alone her ability to play a varsity sport. She graduated in May as one of the most highly-respected students in the school, earning one of the Athletic
Department's most prestigious honors in the process.
A victim of a concussion her senior softball season of high school, Kate missed several months of her senior year and was unsure about her
ability to attend Bowdoin in the fall. She entered Bowdoin and excelled, majoring in Government and minoring in Spanish while playing women's golf
and softball. A captain on the softball squad for two seasons, she also captained the women's golf program as a senior.
But Kate was most visible in other roles on campus, taking on several community service and campus activities, including spear-heading
Bowdoin's impressive "Girls and Women in Sports Day" function that included nearly 200 participants aged 5 through 16. She also worked on
campus for both the Athletic Department and Alumni Relations.
At the annual All-Sports Banquet on May 10, Kate was honored with the Athletic Department's Anne L.E. Dane Award for Outstanding
Leadership, honoring the female student-athlete who best exemplifies the highest qualities of character, courage and commitment to team play.
Kate graduated from Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts with high distinction. She is the daughter of Bill and Cathy Chin
and has a dog named Stormy.
Getting to know Kate....
What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?
I have two moments. During my senior season of high school softball I suffered a concussion. I was out of school for months. It was questionable
whether I would enter Bowdoin with the class of 2008. When I did enter with the class of 2008, I began a biweekly year long process of physical
therapy. I suffered a second concussion my junior year at Bowdoin. The recovery process once again reminded me never to take anything for
granted. I will never forget the two moments when I was cleared to play softball. To be able to participate in a sport that I love, with my teammates,
and to do so, especially after I had been told my career was over, was the best news anyone could ever give me. I could not have accomplished this
without the assistance and encouragement that I received from Todd Lamoreau (my PT/ATC), my parents, teammates, and coaches. Both memories
have taught me to appreciate the physical and emotional ability necessary to participate in a sport and to understand that it is a gift to be able to
What person has had the greatest impact on your life?
My parents and grandparents are the four people who have shaped the person I am today. My grandparents have taught me, amongst other things,
that hard work and perseverance are crucial in order to achieve your goals in life. My parents have taught me to appreciate every opportunity and not
to take anything for granted. My mom and dad have supported me throughout my athletic and non-athletic endeavors. The first game my father
missed wasn't until I reached college; even then, I think he's only missed less than a handful in four years. Their continued support and unwavering
faith in me has helped me in all aspects of my life, including athletics.
What course at Bowdoin have you most enjoyed?
I've enjoyed all of my classes with Professor Deane. Her Introduction to International Relations influenced my decision to be a government major.
Professor Deane's dynamic teaching style and genuine love of the subject constantly engage all students. Bridging Divisions and Middle East
Politics are two other courses she has taught. Both courses They provided a foundation for the school trip I recently participated on with Professor
Deane and Professor Tananbaum. This past winter break, 20 students and 2 professors traveled to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, West Bank, and the Golan
Heights. The ability to experience everything I've studied for the past four years was such a unique learning opportunity.
What is the funniest or strangest thing you have witnessed at a practice or game at Bowdoin?
It happened to be one of the muddiest days and Jayme Woogerd '07 realized she had never done a headfirst slide. She dove headfirst into first base.
When she stood up her mouth was full of mud. I still laugh about that to this day.