July 16, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Ten University of Louisville student-athletes were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars award winners in a joint announcement by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and the NCAA.
The award recognizes student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and demonstrated a record of service to the campus or the community.
To be recognized, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher through the fall of 2011, completed one full academic year at the nominating institution, be enrolled for the fall term of the academic year being nominated, be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2011-12 year and have a record of campus or community service.
Earning the accolades were Shawnta Dyer (women's basketball), Tia Gibbs (women's basketball), Marcellus Hobbs (track and field), Gabrielle Jackson (track and field), Amashi Kendall (track and field), Chinwe Okoro (track and field), Tesha Paysen (softball), Peyton Siva (men's basketball), Antonita Slaughter (women's basketball) and Michelle Theophille (track and field).
Dyer posted a 3.24 GPA in health and human performance, Gibbs registered a 3.26 in economics and Slaughter recorded a 3.32 in sport administration. The trio helped guide the women's basketball team to a 23-10 overall record, reaching the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Hobbs, a junior sprinter on the track and field team, registered a 3.26 in justice administration.
Jackson, Kendall, Okoro and Theophille each played a critical role in the women's track and field team's fifth-straight BIG EAST outdoor title. Jackson currently boasts a 3.38 in sport administration, Kendall owns a 3.21 in health and human performance, with a concentration in exercise science, and Theophille has registered a 3.26 in geography. Okoro graduated this past winter with a 3.34 in biology.
Paysen graduated with a 3.51 in exercise science and sports medicine. A senior outfielder, she was part of the 2012 record-setting softball team that won the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles while also reaching as high as No. 7 in the national rankings.
Siva, who boasts a 3.44 grade-point average in sociology, continues to tally up the awards this year. In addition to being named to the NABC Honors Court, Siva also was tabbed the BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men's basketball while being recognized on the Capital One Academic All-District 2 men's basketball first team. The rising senior played a major role in the Cardinals capturing the BIG EAST Tournament title and trek to the NCAA Final Four.