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Lenny Enkhbold ’17: Ambassador for the Great Outdoors

— by on June 23rd, 2016

Last year, Lenny Enkhbold, a rising junior at Washington and Lee University, was selected as one of 13 founding members of the Merrell College Ambassadors. His charge was to develop and implement a semester-long strategy to engage campuses and communities in outdoor recreation. With the $1,000 that Merrell provided to W&L’s Outing Club, Lenny created a Merrell nature scholarship.

Lenny, an active member of W&L’s Outing Club, said in an interview with the Outdoor Industry Association website, “My goal truly is to help people engage in the outdoors. I want to help other people discover who they are through outdoor recreation.”

In the past, Lenny has led all sorts of outdoor adventures, from hang-gliding to hiking, rafting to climbing, caving to kayaking, skiing to biking and horseback riding. At W&L, he takes 50 first-year students backpacking on the Appalachian Trail every fall.

He said, “There’s a giant fear of missing out on certain weekends. I want people to be fearful of missing out on the wonderful outdoor opportunities around Washington and Lee.”

Lenny is a German and computer science major and philosophy minor, and he serves as treasurer of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and as co-president of the German Club. A Quest Scholar, he received the German Department Award as a first-year.