2000 Sports/Scholar Awardees
On top of their game
An appreciation for education has long been a hallmark of the African American community. Likewise, we tend to share an appreciation for athleticism. So it should not be surprising that when athletic prowess teams with academic acumen, you find a combination for success that has opened many doors for the minority community.
Arthur Ashe, during a 1990 national video conference broadcast titled “The Black Athlete: Winners or Losers in Academia,” pointed to such people as actor/activist Paul Robeson and Dr. Charles Drew as examples of what the teaming of scholarship with athleticism can achieve.
In that spirit, Black Issues In Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars Awards. This year’s male and female athletes of the year — James Greer of Howard University and Christiana Nwofor of Oberlin College — along with the other scholar athletes whose photographs grace the following pages, continue a tradition Black Issues began recognizing in 1993.
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