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Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars special report to be published on April 27 — Finalists Announced
FAIRFAX, Va. — Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine is pleased to announce the 2023 Arthur Ashe Jr. finalists for Male and Female Athlete of the Year (in alphabetical order):
- Chase Griffin, UCLA, Football
- Micaylon Moore, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Track/Cross Country
- Reis Thomas, Wabash College, Track/Cross Country
- Lyle Yost, The Ohio State University, Swimming & Diving
- Kaira Brown, Vanderbilt University, Track/Cross Country
- Lauren DeVaney, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Basketball
- Camber Hayes, Miami University, Soccer
- Madesyn Ronquillio, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Swimming & Diving
As the name denotes, the annual Ashe edition is part of our over a quarter-century legacy of recognizing outstanding, young minority men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits.
In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
In addition to naming a male and female Sports Scholar of the Year, winners in each individual sport category are selected for the annual Ashe edition.
This year’s Sports Winners are (in alphabetical order by sport):
- Ryan Campos, Arizona State University, Baseball (M)
- Braelen Bridges, University of Georgia, Basketball (M)
- Lauren DeVaney, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Basketball (W)
- Cassandra Chinn, Loyola Marymount University, Beach Volleyball (W)
- Amara Smith Speights, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bowling (W)
- Sammie Smith, Oklahoma State University, Cheerleading (W)
- Pablo Matan, University of Washington, Crew/Rowing (M)
- Siobhan Lewis, UCLA, Crew/Rowing (W)
- Landry Leming, Oklahoma State University, Dance (W)
- Kelly Harper, Oklahoma State University, Equestrian (W)
- Kevin Zu, NYU, Fencing (M)
- Annika Santos, NYU, Fencing (W)
- Julie Kouijzer, University of Louisville, Field Hockey (W)
- Chase Griffin, UCLA, Football (M)
- Riley Lewis, Loyola Marymount University Golf (M)
- Jayna Choi, Vanderbilt University, Golf (W)
- Samuel Phillips, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Gymnastics (M)
- Trinity Thomas, University of Florida, Gymnastics (W)
- Julianna Gong, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Ice Hockey (W)
- Danielo Parkinson, St. John's University, Lacrosse (M)
- Sydni Black, Loyola University Maryland, Lacrosse (W)
- Roman Karadsheh, North Carolina State University, Rifle (M)
- M'Leah Lambdin, University of Mississippi, Rifle (W)
- Taj Salawu, College of the Holy Cross, Soccer (M)
- Camber Hayes, Miami University, Soccer (W)
- Kelly Ryono, University of Illinois, Softball (W)
- Roberto Vega, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Squash (M)
- Lyle Yost, The Ohio State University, Swimming & Diving (M)
- Madesyn Ronquillio, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Swimming & Diving (W)
- Alvaro Alonso-Sanchez, Wabash College, Tennis (M)
- Kennedy Vincent, University of South Carolina-Columbia, Tennis (W)
- Micaylon Moore, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Track/Cross Country (M)
- Kaira Brown, Vanderbilt University, Track/Cross Country (W)
- Luis Rivera, Wabash College, Volleyball (M)
- Renato Santome-Guembes, University of California, Merced, Waterpolo (M)
- Bianca Prinsloo, Siena College, Waterpolo (W)
- Aaron (Mateo) Olmos, Oregon State University, Wrestling (M)
The 2022 overall winners were Nakobe Dean from the University of Georgia and Sophie Jaques from The Ohio State University. Other past Arthur Ashe scholars have included the University of Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson (2011); the University of Tennessee’s Kara Lawson (2003); San Diego State University’s Marshall Faulk (1993); and Stanford University’s Simone Manuel (2017), just to name a few who have gone on to achieve great success.
Ashe Scholars who competed in this year’s March Madness basketball tournament are: Kobe Brown of Missouri, and Aguek Arop and Jaedon LeeDe, both of San Diego State, on the men’s side; and Camille Hobby of N.C. State, Gabrielle Marshall of Iowa, Madison Scott of Mississippi, Taylen Collins and Lexy Keys, both of Oklahoma State, Alexia Mobley and Merissah Russell, both of Louisville, Marta Suarez of Tennessee, and Alexandra Zelaya of North Carolina, on the women’s side.
The 2023 Male and Female Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year will be announced prior to the April 27 edition.
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