GW Student-Athletes Honored at Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards Luncheon

Women's basketball's Chakecia Miller, Danni Jackson and Brooke Wilson receive their Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar awards.

April 11, 2014

FAIRFAX, Va. - George Washington women's basketball student-athletes Danni Jackson, Chakecia Miller and Brooke Wilson represented GW at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Thursday afternoon at the Mason Inn on the campus of George Mason University.

Jackson, Miller and Wilson were among 11 GW student-athletes who were named 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in the April 10 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Diverse established the Sports Scholars Awards - inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis - to honor minority student-athletes who have made academic and athletic achievement a winning combination. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be included, students have 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.

Other Colonials who received the accolade, but were unable to attend the luncheon were: Xavier Parkmond of baseball; Rachel Mia of lacrosse; Farhan Khan and Francisco Solorzano of men's soccer; Sydney Morris of women's soccer; Anna Gabriela Porras of women's squash; and Janica Lee and Bianca Valencia of women's swimming.

"It's awesome to be recognized for your academic achievements knowing that you are a student before an athlete, which can sometimes be overlooked," said Wilson. "Getting this award with 10 other GW student-athletes meant a lot, and I'm glad we were able to represent the diversity of academic achievement in our athletics community here at GW."



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