The Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College will award their prestigious Tom Dooley Award to former basketball player Kristen Matha this weekend.

“I’m honored to have my advocacy work recognized by our LGBTQ alumni community, and I'm looking forward to the weekend as an opportunity to strengthen our engagement with both the College and University,” Matha told Outsports.

According to the Alumni/ae association:

As a student, Kristen, was a four-year letter winner in basketball and served as student trustee. As an alumna, she currently serves on the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association Board of Directors and in 2013, she received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Kristen has also served on the GALA ND/SMC Board of Trustees. Currently, she is an Associate Director of Academic and Membership Affairs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Kristen is married to her wife Kendra, who together raise their son Micah.

Matha previously earned a Young Alumna Award from Saint Mary’s College.

Also being honored during the event with the Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement is Joseph Pequigney ND ’44 for his pioneering work in LGBTQ studies, according to a press release.

Matha and her family