For Minnesota-born Gophers, getting involved in the local community is a natural fit. They’re giving back to the people and places that helped them become Big Ten student-athletes. While that’s always commendable, it’s extraordinary to see out-of-state student-athletes working just as hard to make Minnesota a better place. Mehvish Safdar is the perfect example. The Ohio native can be a strong presence on the tennis court, but she’s been a constant presence in the community. She has volunteered numerous hours with multiple (mostly youth- focused) organizations and local elementary schools. Safdar has also shared her expertise as a tennis player with InnerCity Tennis, helping urban youth fall in love with her favorite sport.
Photos by Eric Miller • location: East Bank campus