Women’s Tennis’ Qing Li was honored with the Hospital for Special Surgery/ CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September 2010. Li has had a great September both academically and on the court for the Dolphins tennis team helping them to an undefeated 5-0 CUNYAC record and an 8-2 overall record for the month.
The Midwood High School product garners a 3.93 GPA in the Verrazano School at CSI which is a selective honors program. She is currently an Education (SLS) major. Li would like to pursue a career as a teacher in early childhood. She is hoping to begin her Master’s after she graduates this spring.
The 5-foot-3 athlete is undefeated in CUNY with a 5-0 singles record and 5-0 doubles record. She has tackled a stellar 8-1 record in singles play splitting her time at the No. 3 and 4 position. In doubles play, she holds a 7-2 Record (2-1 with Tara Colao, 3-1 with Yelena Rasporskaya, and 2-0 with Nancy Almazo). In 13 of 16 sets, Li has not allowed her opponent score more than 3 points.
Off the court and out of the classroom, Li is the co-founder of a local social service and leadership club called “Love Your Neighbor.” The members often visit senior centers where they sing and dance for them and they have planted trees at various locations. The group also fundraises for all causes and nationwide. “We recently helped raise money for an orphanage in Madagascar,” stated an excited Li, “We have a slogan for our group, ‘To love, to share, to care locally and globally.”
“Li has been an positive influence to our team,” says her head coach Paul Ricciardi, “She has had a heart full of determination for the game of tennis as well as off the court.” On hearing about her award, the genuine and humble Li commented, “I’m honored and very thankful just being nominated for this big award.”