INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former Puget Sound soccer star Maya Mendoza-Exstrom'03 is featured in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's prestigious 40-in-40 series—a collection of story profiles highlighting past Division III athletes who best exemplify the division’s ideals.
Those ideals include proportion, comprehensive learning, passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship. The series is being run on the NCAA website to celebrate 40 years of Division III athletics across the country.
Mendoza-Exstrom, who is now pursuing a successful career in law in Burien, Wash., was an All-American soccer player who helped the Loggers to Northwest Conference titles in 2000 and 2002. While on campus she was a key figure in creating Puget Sound Athletic's "Trick or Can" drive to collect food for local food banks.
Since graduation the Puget Sound student athletic committee president has given back to the community by volunteering with the Housing Justice Project, a King County homelessness prevention program, and with King County Bar Association's Neighborhood Legal Clinics program, which offers free legal advice to residents who might otherwise have no access to the legal system.
She is also the executive director of the RAVE Foundation in Seattle, which designs, develops, and builds all-weather sports fields in communities that lack playing areas. Yet the Logger still finds time to help out as an assistant coach for the Loggers.
The full feature story on Mendoza-Exstrom can be found online here: