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Shelby Kennedy

School

Yale University

Position
Outfield
Major
Cognitive Science

Classroom

Shelby Kennedy maintains a 3.43 GPA as a cognitive science major at Yale. She is a two-time NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete selection.

Character

Kennedy is a leader on campus and is a member of Yale’s foremost sexual assault prevention program that works to promote a healthy and inclusive campus climate. In her role, she helps educate all of Yale’s freshmen and sophomores through workshops. She creates and executes workshops for Yale’s varsity teams to fulfill NCAA mandated sexual violence prevention education. In addition, she has assisted with events on campus, including Take Back The Night. She also is part of the Yale Student Athlete College Council, serving as the treasurer and secretary in 2017-18.

Community

Kennedy has been very generous with her time in the community. At Yale she has served as a Team Impact representative. Team Impact’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team, and Kennedy helped integrate chronically ill children into the softball team. She also has worked as a counselor and sport director at Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer. In addition to their work with the children, counselors fully fundraise the camp. In addition, she has volunteered at two food kitchens in New Haven.

Competition

Kennedy is a two-time All-Ivy League selection: a second-team selection in 2017 and an honorable mention selection in 2018. Her 48 career stolen bases are the seventh-most in school history, and she has appeared in 130 games with 106 career hits. As a junior, she led the Ivy League with 24 stolen bases and was 31st in the nation in stolen bases. In addition, she tied for the league lead with 20 walks and was 10th in on-base percentage at .428. She was one of only two players to start all 40 games. In her sophomore season, she earned second-team All-Ivy recognition after finishing second in the league with 17 stolen bases. She also was in the top 10 in the league with a .438 on-base percentage, and her .500 on-base percentage in Ivy games was third in the league. In her rookie season in 2016, she started 42 games.