It’s been a heck of a month for Mamaroneck left-hander Kumar Nambiar, and he’s hoping that it will only get better in the next week.
After committing to Yale and being selected to the all-state baseball team following his junior season, Nambiar was named one of four national finalists for the New Balance Game Changer Award — an honor for “team players who change the game and their community.”
The voting will continue on NBGCAward.com until Aug. 6, when the winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship, as well as $2,500 worth of New Balance products to donate to a charity of their choice.
“Being a finalist for this award has been an unbelievable opportunity,” Nambiar said. “It has given me the ability to share my story with people across the country.”
Nambiar’s story is unique on many levels.
Nambiar had a 0.44 ERA with 59 strikeouts and two walks in 43 innings last season for the Tigers. Those numbers drew the attention of many colleges this year, with Ivy League schools taking particular interest due to his strong academic record.
Among his accomplishments in the classroom, Nambiar has been studying the mechanics of pitching for the Original Science Research three-year program, and, as an Indian-American, he hopes to be a positive influence on others with similar backgrounds.
“I hope to be able to help the community reduce arm injuries in youth pitchers,” he said. “I also talked about being an Indian-American and how seeing them on the baseball field, especially on the mound, is very uncommon. … Being a Yale baseball commit, I am able to show them that it is possible to get a great education and play a great game like baseball.”
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