May 16, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame men's tennis student-athlete Michael Moore has been honored with the American Eagle Outfitters Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award, the BIG EAST Conference Academic Affairs Committee announced Thursday.
Moore and Rutgers softball player Kaci Madden each received the award and are provided a $5,000 scholarship, which can be used towards postgraduate work.
The award is named for Michael Tranghese, the BIG EAST's first full-time employee who served as commissioner of the conference from 1990 to 2009.
The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete from a BIG EAST-sponsored sport who have been admitted to a degree-granting or professional program for the following year and who have demonstrated leadership through excellence in academic credentials, athletic performance and depth of commitment to service within the institution or the community.
Moore, who will attend Illinois College of Medicine in the fall, is set to graduate from the College of Science this Sunday with a degree in science-business. The Glenview, Ill., native concluded his academic career with a remarkable 3.833 grade point average (GPA) and was named to the Dean's List six semesters. He was also named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star three times with the 2012-13 honorees still to be announced.
On the court, Moore has been a consistent player for the Irish all four years, seeing time in the lineup during the fall and spring seasons. A three-time Monogram winner, Moore went 47-27 in singles and 17-13 in doubles throughout his career. As a senior he went 19-9 in singles for the year, including 9-4 during the spring playing between three and six singles.
Away from the court, Moore has done extensive work in the community. One of his biggest involvements has been serving as a volunteer fitness instructor at Miericordia Heart of Mercy, a home for adults with mental and physical handicaps. While there Moore helped motivate and encourage the residents to complete workouts and come back to the fitness center regularly to help promote good health among the residents.
Other volunteer work Moore has done includes being a tutor at the South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility, a speaker at the South Bend Work-Release Center, a regular at local tennis clinics, a tutor for fellow Notre Dame student-athletes and a participant at the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Pediatric Christmas Party.
Moore also did undergraduate research during his time at Notre Dame. During the early parts of research Moore would work in the lab up to eight hours a week. However, in the spring of 2012 he received funding from the College of Science to conduct independent project. This research required a 40 hours per week for 10 weeks commitment.
He becomes the third Notre Dame student-athlete, and second men's tennis player, in three years to receive the award, as former teammate Tyler Davis won the award during its first year of existence in 2011 and track and field runner Allison Schroeder received the honor in 2012.