The award, which is named after longtime Northwestern baseball coach Paul Stevens, is given annually to a senior in the program that demonstrates leadership on and off the field.
The Will To Live Foundation was founded by former major league pitcher and Northwestern baseball alumnus John Trautwein. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing teen suicide by improving the lives and the ‘Will To Live’ of teenagers everywhere through education about mental health and encouraging them to recognize the love and hope that exists in each other.
Every student-athlete on the roster voted for one senior who demonstrated the following ‘Life Teammate’ Criteria:
• Is a leader on and off the field and understands his role as a leader before, during and after the game – whether it be on the field, in the dugout, the locker room, classroom or in the community
• Is an ambassador of not only the program and the team, but of the game itself
• Is respected by his peers, coaches, umpires, teachers, parents as well as teammates and opposing players
• Is a true mentor to the underclassmen, motivating, inspiring and caring for the under-classmen athletes in the NU Baseball program
• Displays true care for his teammates – always putting “team above self” while always trying hard to help struggling teammates find the good – on and off the field
• Loves the game – Loves being on the team – Loves his teammates and exemplifies it
Lind was a constant in the Wildcats lineup for the past four seasons, appearing in over 200 games. The Arden, North Carolina native is perhaps best known for his crucial role in Northwestern’s 2017 Big Ten Tournament run. He tallied six hits, including two doubles and a home run, and six RBI’s to earn All-Tournament Team honors. Lind will also be remembered for hitting the first-ever walk-off home run at the new Miller Pak to give the ‘Cats a series win over Air Force on April 2, 2017. The designated hitter and infielder wrapped up his career with over 165 hits and a .248 career batting average. An Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Lind will graduate with a degree in Learning and Organizational Change this June.
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