A SWIMMING SUCCESS ... Stanford University swimmer Brooke Ford was named the Pac-12 Woman of the Year, an award that recognizes student-athletes that have excelled in academics, sports, community service and leadership, the collegiate athletic conference said Tuesday. She joins an exclusive group of fellow Cardinal women who have previously received the award: Valarie Allman for track and field in 2018, Chiney Ogwumike for basketball in 2014 and Arianna Lambie for track and field and cross country in 2008. Forde is one of two Pac-12 athletes in the running for the NCAA's Woman of the Year (they are among 151 athletes nominated as of late July). The other is Emma Nordin, a swimmer for Arizona State University. Ford, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, recently finished her master's degree in epidemiology with a 4.2 GPA. She also has an undergraduate degree in human biology, which was completed last year with a 3.96 GPA. She assisted the Stanford women's swimming and diving team in earning the NCAA championship in 2018 and 2019, as well as Pac-12 championships in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. Her athleticism also paid off during the Tokyo Olympics, where she won the silver medal in the 800 free relay.
GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IN STYLE ... Stanford Shopping Center is hosting its inaugural "Do Good With Denim" campaign through Aug. 21 in partnership with Samaritan House, a nonprofit based in San Mateo that provides food, shelter and other services to low-income residents. Community members can donate any used denim item, including jeans, jackets, shirts, skirts and more, according to Simon Property Group, the parent company of Stanford Shopping Center. Samaritan House plans to add the donated denim products to its Kid's Closet, which allows children to select clothes without financial worries. The campaign organizers also hope to promote sustainability by recycling denim, rather than disposing of it. Customers who donate any denim item will be eligible to receive discounts at eight participating stores: Everlane, The Gap, Levi's, Lucky Brand, Madewell, Urban Outfitters, Amour Vert and Anthropologie.
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