Alyssa Zupon Leads Yale Hockey Team in Help for Brain Tumor Patients, Tsunami Victims (Video)

Alyssa Zupon has led her Yale University hockey team to greater influence off the ice.

Zupon has been involved in a variety of programs and outreach efforts, using her platform as a pre-med student and hockey player to help others through hard times.

It started with the team’s work with young Giana Cardonita, who got special attention from the team through Bulldog Paws, which Zupon started to help children dealing with brain tumors. That has turned into an effort to support one of the team’s own, Mandi Schwartz, who had her own battle with leukemia.

But that’s not all Zupon is up to — on top of her hockey and pre-med studies, she’s also started Hope for Tomorrow. The charity helps Japanese students continue their education as they deal with complications from the tsunami of March 2011.

See what’s behind Zupon’s many endeavors as Naoko Funayama and NESN Daily tell the story of the true all-around player.