The Underdogs

Photo: Glenn Matsumura

Unrecruited athletes help form the backbone of several Stanford sports teams. Some toil in obscurity for a shred of playing time, while a few rise to stardom. All of them play with something to prove—that they have what it takes to compete.

  • Photo: Brad Zucroff

    Long Distance Calling

    Would any sensible person run 155 miles across the Gobi desert? Probably not, concedes ultramarathoner Will Laughlin, MA '93. Then again, he's never taken the easy route.

  • Photo: Glenn Matsumura

    About Face

    Playwright David Henry Hwang, '79, explores “the fluidity of identity” in Yellow Face, a comedy that asks serious questions about Asian-American roles.

  • Photo: Max Schoening

    Small Change, Big Payoff

    Matt Flannery, '00, MA '01, wanted a start-up, and Jessica Flannery, MBA '07, was passionate about helping alleviate poverty. The couple created Kiva, a microfinance model that's helped young businesses all over the world.