May 21, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Seniors Matthew Boshart (Cary, N.C.) and Zac Bradley (Alexander, Ark.) received the Yale Athletics Department's Amanda D. Walton Award as part of Class Day exercises on Sunday. The award is presented to an outstanding athlete who has excelled on the field of play and who has shown spirit and courage in transcending unforeseen challenges.
Boshart, a member of the cross country and track and field teams, overcame a serious illness to become an Ivy League Champion as a member of Yale's distance medley relay team this past season.
Boshart arrived at Yale as one of the most sought-after middle distance runners in the East, and delivered on that promise by earning All-East honors as a member of the IC4A champion distance medley relay team as a freshman. Diagnosed with bone cancer in his knee after struggling through his sophomore season, he vowed to return to competition for Yale as a junior. He did so, earning a standing ovation from his teammates when he stepped on to the track to compete in February of 2005 - just three months after the conclusion of his chemotherapy treatment.
Bradley, a member of the baseball team, was a passenger in a traffic accident in January of 2003 that claimed the lives of four fellow Yale students, including two of his teammates.
After being sidelined for the entire 2003 season with injuries that could have ended his career, Bradley returned to the field in 2004. He was responsible for one of the most dramatic victories in Yale baseball history that April, scoring the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory over Princeton by stealing home in the game's final inning.
While injuries plagued him throughout his career, Bradley remained an inspirational leader for the Bulldogs. This past season, he helped Yale to 26 wins, tied for the second-most in school history.
The Walton Award is named after Amanda Walton '02. Walton, a field hockey and lacrosse player at Yale, was involved in an automobile accident after her sophomore year. She overcame a coma and numerous injuries through hard work and determination, eventually returning to the Yale sideline as an assistant coach. In 2003 she received the NCAA Inspiration Award.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity