Otterbein University senior Dominic Porretta has won the 2013 TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award. Porretta and Campbell University’s Michael Felton went back-and-forth for the top spot, with Porretta edging Felton by 0.2 percent of the total vote.
The second-annual TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award recognizes college baseball players who excel beyond the diamond and whose leadership inspires others. Over the course of three weeks, 15 finalists competed online for fan votes via Facebook. As the winner, Porretta will be honored at the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, airing Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN.
A Journalism major, Porretta lettered all four years for the Cardinals and capped his career with a selection to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference team and is now headed to nearby Ohio State University to pursue a master’s degree in Business Administration. In high school, Porretta formed a special bond with an autistic classmate, Ryan Trubee. Their continued friendship has spurred Porretta to venture into many community service initiatives, including: The Alternative Center, Autism Society of Ohio, The Miracle League, and many others. He was also the president of Otterbein's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and graduated Summa Cum Laude, all while being a team captain and one of its top pitchers.
“I’m truly honored to receive this award and want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to vote for me,” Porretta said. “As college athletes, we have the opportunity to use our platforms to impact others in a positive way, and the values that this award represents are more important to me than any baseball statistic. I would also like to thank one of my best friends, Ryan Trubee, for our continued time spent together and transforming my outlook on life. He has helped make me into the individual I am today.”“We are proud to present the second Fan’s Choice Award to Dominic Porretta,” said Katrina Becker, managing director of communications and public affairs at TD Ameritrade. “The fans selected a great athlete with a demonstrated commitment to leadership both on and off the pitcher’s mound. People matter to Dominic, and his commitment to helping others further sets him apart from the typical student athlete. We applaud him for his success in the classroom, in the game and in the community. Congratulations to Dominic and each of the 2013 award finalists.”