He goes by Ice, but Tanapat Treyanurak is known among his peers at Hamilton College for his disarming warmth. He grew up in a village in Thailand, where he lived with two older brothers, his mother and father, and his grandmother. Both parents worked long hours, so Ice spent considerable time with his grandmother, who encouraged him to be kind.
At the small international school he attended for 10 years, Ice heard the same message from teachers and coaches: Listen to others, be considerate, think beyond yourself. Ice remembers the unusual kindness of his middle school phys ed teacher, who made a special effort to include and encourage the athletically unskilled, and who never let bullies get away with casual cruelty. Read more from KQED News.