Noelle Lambert

Noelle Lambert '19

Commencement Speaker

Expertise

Noelle Lambert '19, a standout freshman lacrosse player for UMass Lowell, lost her leg in an accident and then founded The Born to Run Foundation, which provides amputees with prosthetics that will allow them to run again.

Biosketch

A native of Londonderry, N.H., Noelle Lambert had a standout freshman lacrosse season at UMass Lowell, earning America East All-Rookie team honors. The following summer, she suffered a life-changing injury, resulting in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. 
Lambert never let this severe injury defeat her. She returned to the lacrosse field in April 2018, just 18 months after her injury; in that first game back, she caught a pass in front of the net and fired a shot past the goalie for a goal. The emotional celebration with her teammates that followed represented a culmination of all the time and effort she had dedicated to getting back on the field, defying the odds after such a devastating injury. 
After graduating in 2019 with her degree in Criminal Justice, Lambert made the switch from lacrosse to track and field, joining the U.S. Paralympic National Team. She placed fourth in the 100-meter race at the World Para Athletics championship meet, setting a U.S. record with a time of 16.31 seconds and earning a spot on Team USA for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo.
In 2018, Lambert founded The Born to Run Foundation, which provides amputees with prosthetics that will allow them to run again. She strives to be a source of inspiration for children who have a limb amputated. Her efforts have been recognized with such honors as the Boston Celtics’ Heroes Among Us Award, the America East Inspiration Award and, most recently, as a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth National Honoree.