FAIRFAX, Va. – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education announced the 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Awards and Gallaudet University had 11 recipients. This is the 25th silver anniversary of the awards that began in 1992. The Bison increased its honoree total over fivefold in one year and have student-athletes representing 11 of the 14 sports offered.
Gallaudet's honorees include; freshman Fatuma Ali (women's cross country), sophomore Neha Balachandran (women's soccer), junior Katie Bigelow (women's swimming & diving), sophomore Jamal Garner (men's basketball), junior Rodney Lebon (men's cross country), senior Kristi Luna (women's cross country), junior Ivy Sahneyah (women's cross country, track & field), sophomore Gilwon Seo (baseball), senior Satish Thapa (men's soccer), junior Darriyan Thomas (softball, women's volleyball) and sophomore Solomon Worthey (football).
Thomas is the first Gallaudet recipient to repeat as she was named to last year's team as well. Gallaudet's honorees hail from eight different states and two countries.
The Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Awards honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
To be included, minority students need 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. Over 1,000 outstanding minority student-athletes were nominated by their respective college or university Sports Information Office to receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors. The NCAA Office of Inclusion has partnered with Diverse to support this standout class of scholar-athletes.
Gallaudet now has 14 honorees in the past four years and in program history. Thomas and B.J. Flores were honored in 2016 and Adham Talaat was picked in 2014.
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2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Honorees from Gallaudet
|Fatuma Ali||Fr.||Women's Cross Country||Tucson, Ariz.|
|Neha Balachandran||So.||Women's Soccer||Dayton, Ohio|
|Katie Bigelow||Jr.||Women's Swimming & Diving||Flushing, Mich.|
|Jamal Garner||So.||Men's Basketball||Jacksonville, Ill.|
|Rodney Lebon||Jr.||Men's Cross Country||Charlotte, N.C.|
|Kristi Luna||Sr.||Women's Cross Country||Austin, Texas|
|Ivy Sahneyah||Jr.||Women's Cross Country, Track & Field||First Mesa, Ariz.|
|Gilwon Seo||So.||Baseball||Hongseong, South Korea|
|Satish Thapa||Sr.||Men's Soccer||Ridgewood, N.Y.|
|Darriyan Thomas||Jr.||Softball, Women's Volleyball||Vallejo, Calif.|
|Solomon Worthey||So.||Football||San Diego, Calif.|