Donato Earns Academic All-District Honors
May 7, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior outfielder Mike Donato has been named to the Academic All-District I University Division Second Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This marks the second consecutive year that a member of the Minutemen has garnered the honor, with Mitchell Eilenberg earning a selection in 2009.
Donato, a History major, boasts a 3.43 grade-point average and has been a member of the Dean's List and is a part of Chi Alpha Sigma (National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society). Following graduation, Donato aspires to become a teacher and work in a low-income community. He is one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
A 2009 All-Atlantic 10 first team selection, Donato is currently hitting .331 and has started 35 of the team's 36 games. He has 22 RBI, 29 runs scored, 11 doubles and two home runs. Through 17 conference games, Donato is batting .366 (26-for-71) with seven doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and a team-best 17 runs scored.
Away from the diamond, Donato has been involved in various endeavors to better the community since coming to UMass. He is currently volunteering at Wildwood Elementary School as a teacher's aide where he is helping instruct fifth and sixth grade students in Social Studies as well as Reading and Language Arts for children with special needs. He has also worked as a mover for the Trash to Treasures organization and was one of several UMass student-athletes to participate in National Walk to School Day last fall. As the SAAC representative from the baseball team, Donato brought toys from the SAAC toy drive to children in Shriner's Hospital in Springfield during the holiday season. While playing in the NECBL, he took part in running a community baseball camp in North Adams, Mass., during the summer of 2008.