Hawkins and Reichert Named 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Finalists
April 19, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. -Men's soccer forward Tiago Reichert and Volleyball outside hitter Altrese Hawkins have each been selected as finalists in the male and female divisions for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine announced the top 10 male and female finalists Tuesday. Finalists were chosen from over 600 minority athletes nominated by their respective institutions, and the winners will be profiled in the magazine's May 24, 2012 edition. The NCAA is the co-sponsor of the annual award.
Reichert, a redshirt junior from Francisco Beltrao, Brazil, played in 16 matches for the Tigers in 2011. He totaled 237 minutes after returning from an injury in 2010 and tallied a goal in the 89th minute against Nebraska-Omaha.
Hawkins, a redshirt junior from Schaumburg, Ill., was a standout in 2011 for the Tiger volleyball team. She was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team as well as the C-USA All-Conference First Team. Hawkins was also named a COBRA Magazine All-Southeast Region Performer and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.
Black Issues in Higher Education magazine, now called Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, established the Sports Scholar Award in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.
To be eligible for nomination and selection, student athletes have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a GPA of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Past recipients of the award include: Baylor University's (2011) Robert Griffin III, Heisman Trophy winner; the University of Tennessee's (2003) Kara Lawson, ESPN analyst who played for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs; San Diego State University's (1993) Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Famer; and the University of Kansas' (1996) Jaque Vaughn, assistant coach for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.