AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State University Athletics Department, in partnership with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), is proud to announce the second annual Farm Strong Team, which recognizes exceptional Iowa State student-athletes who embody the character and work ethic of Iowa’s farmers, both on and off the field.
Farming may look different today than in the past, but the values that make Iowa farmers Farm Strong - hard work, commitment, integrity - have not changed. Those are the same characteristics shared by many Iowans.
The Iowa State Cyclones and the Iowa Farm Bureau are proud to celebrate farmers and all Iowans who summon the strength to do more, be more. Those individuals who don’t have an ounce of quit in them. Those who are Farm Strong.
The 14-member Farm Strong squad includes eight native Iowans, including men’s golfer Collin Foster, who was also named to the inaugural Farm Strong team in 2014. These student-athletes best exemplify the character, perseverance, and work ethic of the Iowa farmer and what it means to be an Iowan.
“By teaming up with Iowa State and their successful athletics programs, we are able to showcase the Farm Strong® character of Iowa’s farmers with a whole new audience of consumers; ISU fans who want to know more about how their food, fuel and fiber is grown,” said Craig Hill, IFBF president. “The way we farm and the style of play on the athletic field have evolved over time, but the values that make Iowa farmers and ISU student athletes Farm Strong® - hard work, commitment, integrity - have not changed. We congratulate the members of this year’s Farm Strong® squad.”
2015 Farm Strong Team
Nazareth Mitrou-Long - Men’s Basketball
Nicole “Kidd” Blaskowsky – Women’s Basketball
Levi Peters - Football
Collin Foster - Men’s Golf
M.J. Kamin - Women’s Golf
Sammie Pearsall - Gymnastics
Danielle Moore - Soccer
Brittany Gomez - Softball
Alex Flatness - Swimming & Diving
Ana Gasparovic - Tennis
Taylor Sanderson - Men’s Track & Field
Christina Hillman - Women’s Track & Field
Natalie Vondrak - Volleyball
Tanner Weatherman – Wrestling
For more information and squad member profiles, go to this link: www.cyclones.com/farmstrong.