Aug 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Six University of Louisville student-athletes were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar 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 2012, 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 2012-13 year and have a record of campus or community service.
The six honorees consisted of men's basketball's Peyton Siva, women's basketball's Tia Gibbs, Jude Schimmel, and Shawnta' Dyer, and swimming and diving's Abigail Chin and Pedro Coutinho.
Siva, now a two-time recipient of the award, boasted a 3.74 grade-point average in sociology. A second-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, he garnered second-team Academic All-America honors this year. He was honored as the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year, received the 2013 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, and was named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team. In the national championship game against Michigan, he totaled 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals with just two turnovers.
Gibbs (Master of Business Administration) and Schimmel (sociology) were first-team selections for the award, each maintaining better than a 3.70 grade-point average in their respective majors. Dyer, a physical education major, holds a 3.39 average and was named to the second team. At the season's end, Schimmel, who scored seven points in the national championship game against Connecticut, claimed the coveted NCAA Elite 89 award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships.
Chin, who maintained a 3.58 in liberal studies, took second at the BIG EAST Championships in the 400 IM and helped the Cardinals win the BIG EAST team title. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in three individual events. Coutinho sported better than a 3.30 grade-point average in civil engineering.