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Gallaudet earns 14 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Awards

Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Award honorees for Gallaudet University for 2018 0 group photo

FAIRFAX, Va. – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education announced the 2018 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Awards and Gallaudet University had 14 recipients. This is the 26th anniversary of the awards that began in 1992. The Bison increased its honoree total by three from last year and have student-athletes representing 10 of the 14 sports offered.

Gallaudet's honorees include; sophomore Fatuma Ali (women's cross country, track & field), junior Neha Balachandran (women's soccer), senior Katie Bigelow (football, women's swimming & diving), sophomore Anyia Brown (women's track & field), sophomore Kai Christenberry (men's cross country, track & field), junior Jamal Garner (men's basketball, track & field), junior Yudan Liu (women's cross country), senior Kristi Luna (women's cross country), senior Ivy Sahneyah (women's cross country), senior Devaron Scott (football), junior Yuan Tang (men's cross country), senior Satish Thapa (men's soccer), senior Darriyan Thomas (women's volleyball) and sophomore Noah Valencia (men's basketball).

The Bison have eight repeat honorees in; Ali, Balanchandran, Bigelow, Garner, Luna, Sahneyah, Thapa and Thomas, who becomes the first Gallaudet recipient to earn this award three times.

Gallaudet's honorees hail from 10 different states and two countries.

Gallaudet athletics recognized this year's honorees at the annual athletics banquet on May 1. Dr. Thomas Horejas, Associate Provost, Student Success & Academic Quality, presented each recipient with their certificate and a copy of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's April 2018 magazine, that includes this year's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports-Scholar Award honorees.

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 28 honorees in the past five years and in program history.

Gallaudet Breakdown
2018: 14
2017: 11
2016:   2
2014:   1

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2018 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Honorees from Gallaudet

Name   Year   Sport(s)   Hometown  
Fatuma Ali   So.   Women's Cross Country, Track & Field   Tucson, Ariz.  
Neha Balachandran   Jr.   Women's Soccer   Dayton, Ohio  
Katie Bigelow   Sr.   Football, Women's Swimming & Diving   Flushing, Mich.  
Anyia Brown   So.   Women's Track & Field   Wilmington, Del.  
Kai Christenberry   So.   Men's Cross Country, Track & Field   Birmingham, Ala.  
Jamal Garner   Jr.   Men's Basketball, Track & Field   Jacksonville, Ill.  
Yudan Liu   Jr.   Women's Cross Country   Chengdu, China  
Kristi Luna   Sr.   Women's Cross Country   Austin, Texas  
Ivy Sahneyah   Sr.   Women's Cross Country   First Mesa, Ariz.  
Devaron Scott   Sr.   Football   Mocksville, N.C.  
Yuan Tang   Jr.   Men's Cross Country   Beijing, China  
Satish Thapa   Sr.   Men's Soccer   Ridgewood, N.Y.  
Darriyan Thomas   Jr.   Women's Volleyball   Vallejo, Calif.  
Noah Valencia   So.   Men's Basketball   Riverside, Calif.