Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars:In A League of Their Own
Black Issues In Higher Education in 1992 established the Sports Scholars Award to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. Each year we invite every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism.
To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities. On the following pages are many student-athletes who are on top of their game. Two of these scholar-athletes — soccer player Danielle Slaton of Santa Clara
University and Langston University quarterback Archie D. Craft II were selected as Sports Scholars of the Year for best exemplifying the standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism.
Black Issues In Higher Education salutes Danielle and Archie and all of the 2001 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. The other honorees are listed alphabetically and within teams on the following pages.
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