28 Colonials Named 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

April 26, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. - Twenty-eight Colonials have been selected as 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. Julius Tverijonas from men's tennis and Yurina Harada and Elizabeth Pfeiler from gymnastics represented GW at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Awards Luncheon, presented by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, on Tuesday, April 11, at the University of Richmond.

Tverijonas, Harada, and Pfeiler accepted their Sports Scholar certificates and were recognized for their athletic achievement and academic excellence among approximately 200 student-athletes, coaches and parents from the mid-atlantic region. Retired astronaut and former NFL player Leland Melvin was the keynote speaker.

"I've known about Arthur Ashe Jr. and his achievements since I was a kid," said Tverijonas. "I really enjoyed the luncheon because I had a chance to interact with other high-achieving student-athletes."

The prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Program honors diverse student-athletes who have thrived in their sport, classroom, and community. The awards were created in the memory of tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr., who dominated in all areas of his career. The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honorees each own at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and are active on campus and in the community.

GW men's squash's Andres de Frutos was further honored as a Team Winner.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine - formerly Black Issues in Higher Education - dedicates an edition every year honoring student-athletes for their commitment to excellence. The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Program began in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who reflect the values of Arthur Ashe, Jr.

"You could tell just by being there that this award is very prestigious and well-respected," said Pfeiler. "In this day and age, I think it's so important to recognize minorities for their accomplishments."



Complete list of George Washington honorees:

Eli Kashi - baseball
Angel Valencia -- men's soccer
Miles McClearn -- men's soccer
Thor Arne Hoefs -- men's soccer
Alastair Berry -- men's soccer
Benjamin Ogedegbe -- men's soccer
Alex Conning -- men's soccer
Andres DeFrutos -- men's squash
Gustav Hokfelt -- men's swimming
Andrea Bolognesi - men's swimming
Julius Tverijonas -- men's tennis
Matthew Taylor -- men's water polo
Briana Cummings -- women's basketball
Camila Tapias -- women's basketball
Aminah Farmer -- women's basketball
Jada Matthews -- women's basketball
Mei-Lyn Bautista -- women's basketball
Tiffany Smith -- women's cross country
Elizabeth Pfeiler -- gymnastics
Yurina Harada -- gymnastics
Iman Lee -- women's swimming
Emily Zhang -- women's swimming
Marie-Louise Decamps -- women's tennis
Sara Grubac -- women's tennis
Loren Williams -- women's volleyball
Chidima Osuchukwu -- women's volleyball
Aaliyah Davidson -- women's volleyball
Kristel Moor -- women's volleyball

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