May 3, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame senior co-captain Tommy Chase (Cohasset, Mass./Boston College H.S.) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District V team Thursday. His name will now appear on the national ballot for a chance to be voted as an Academic All-American.
Chase carries a 3.581 grade-point average in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major - the nation's top-ranked undergraduate business school. He was recently chosen as the 2012 Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence and also a finalist for the 2012 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.
Chase is an acting member of two highly regarded Notre Dame student-athlete groups - the Rosenthal Leadership Academy and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Chase, one of 109 student-athletes representing 26 Irish athletic teams, has participated in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy for each of the last two years (2010-11 and 2011-12), which places him into the veteran leaders program. His group consists of a select 30 student-athletes and provides advanced leadership training and support, teaches the critical skills and insights necessary to be effective vocal leaders and provides a strong peer network. Chase and the other student-athletes meet five times a semester to learn and reinforce leadership principles and share successes, frustrations and lessons learned.
Chase is currently in his first year on the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) board. As one of the two baseball team captains, Chase was selected to participate in the 34-member group. The SAAC meets once a month for about two hours to discuss critical issues that affect the experiences of student-athletes. The topics include NCAA legislation, career opportunities, networking, hazing and healthy nutrition. The group initiates new programming ideas, participates in community service projects and acts as the student-athlete group liaison to athletic administration.
Chase also donates an incredible amount of his time to numerous local, regional and even national community service projects. He helped spearhead the Fight for Tide program following the devastating tornadoes in near the University of Alabama campus. The trip took 24 Notre Dame student-athletes and six University administrators to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to work in collaboration with Project Team Up, an initiative to rebuild local Alabama communities partnered with Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban's foundation - Nick's Kids.
Chase heads up the Notre Dame Christian Athletes program. The group seeks to unite student-athletes of all Christian faiths. NDCA provides a safe space for students of any faith tradition to share, reflect and process their way of life as Christian student-athletes. The group uses several different methods to fulfill their purpose. He initially got involved with the NDCA as a sophomore in 2009-10 due to his desire to join a faith-based program. Chase has since served as the NDCA President during each of the last two calendar years (2010-11 and 2011-12).
Chase is extremely involved in South Bend's LifeWorks Dream Team program. A "Dream Team" consists of about three to five Notre Dame student-athletes that engage third and fourth grade classrooms with interactive character development, based in goal setting, vocabulary enhancement, and real-life experiences. The program increases internal motivation of elementary students to strive for classroom success; encourages students toward academic, social and character growth; provides an effective connecting point for high-level college students into local classrooms; presents a simple, outsourced program for educators that requires no prep time on their part; offers a break in both teachers and students days while maintaining educational effectiveness.
Chase has also participated in the Adopt-a-Family, Buddy Walk, Habitat for Humanity, Irish Experience League, Pediatric Christmas Party, Play for Peace and Perley Elementary Tutor programs.
Chase has played in 27 games and started 22 in 2012. He is batting .189 with two doubles, one triple and six RBI. He has also drawn 14 walks and scored 13 runs.
Notre Dame will begin a three-game road trip Friday when it takes on BIG EAST foe Villanova (26-20, 8-10) at 3:45 p.m. at Villanova Ballpark in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. In-game updates will be available on Twitter at @NDBaseball and Facebook at NDBaseball, and fans can listen to all the action locally on 103.1 FM and on the Internet at UND.com.