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Mills College Athletics Director Adachi Receives Trailblazer Award

Oakland, CA–January 5, 2010. Themy Adachi, director of athletics at Mills College, has received the Northern California Diversity Committee Trailblazer Award from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). She received the honor for “lifelong and groundbreaking service in bringing tennis to, and growing the sport in traditional and non-traditional communities.”

The USTA Northern California 2010 Awards Celebrating Excellence in Service will be presented at a gala event on January 30, 2010 at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco.

As an Asian-American female, Adachi represents fewer than one percent of the country’s NCAA athletics directors. She has been instrumental in providing community outreach and accessible programs to diverse populations in Alameda County. Adachi’s initiatives include: endorsing donations for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center’s Swim-A-Mile fundraiser, supporting the establishment of the Mills College “You go, Girl!” afterschool program focusing on self-esteem building through participation in cross country, track and field; and uniting the athletic teams to complete one major community service event per year. In 2005, Adachi was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Adachi said, “The Trailblazer Award means a lot to me because it acknowledges that others have noticed what a difference Mills students are making in the Oakland community. Mills strives to educate women to ‘make the world more,’ and our Mills Community Tennis Program is one way students can practice being leaders and give to their communities.” She added, “Students learn the power and satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others, which is core to wanting to make the world more.”

Mills College Athletics has received national acclaim as the recipient of numerous National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators—Josten’s Community Service Awards.

The Mills Community Tennis Program provides personalized tennis and academic tutoring for a student population that reflects the ethnic diversity of Oakland, recruits parents as partners in their children's physical and academic education, and promotes strong community ties. The program introduces tennis to elementary and middle school students who have had very little, or no exposure to the sport. The goal is to use tennis as a means for familiarizing inner-city youth to a college environment and providing academic support to buoy their learning in the public school system.

In addition to tennis, Mills intercollegiate athletic teams include cross country, rowing, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball. Mills is a member of the California Pacific Conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division III), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The mission is to help student-athletes achieve excellence in their academic, athletic, and personal pursuits, and to teach life skills that transcend athletics.

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Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 550 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks as one of the Best 371 Colleges by the Princeton Review. Forbes.com ranked Mills 55th among America's best colleges and named it a "Top Ten: Best of the All-Women's Colleges." Visit us at www.mills.edu.

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