GW Athletics Quartet Named 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars
Student-Athletes Honored for Academic, Athletic and Community Excellence
May 9, 2013
George Washington female student-athletes Tara Booker, Samie Cloutier, Maya Nair and Brooke Wilson were named 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in the April 11 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 undergraduate students of color 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.
Graduate students Tara Booker and Brooke Wilson were First Team selections in women's basketball, senior Samie Cloutier was a Second Team pick in women's soccer and junior Maya Nair was the lone Sports Scholar in women's squash.
Booker is the first player in GW women's basketball history to record at least 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 100 blocks and 150 steals in her career, and she ranks fifth all-time at GW with 207 three-point field goals. Booker received the 2012 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Postgraduate Scholarship and was also named to the organization's Scholar-Athlete Team. In addition, she was named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team for women's basketball and has been recognized on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times. Booker totaled more than 11 hours of community service in 2012-13, including Petworth Youth Basketball Playworks and D.C. Lemonade Day. Booker graduated from GW in December 2011 after just three and a half years with a bachelor's degree in sociology, and she is currently pursuing her master's degree in organizational sciences.
Cloutier started all four seasons as a defender for the GW women's soccer team, helping the Colonials post 15 shutouts during her career and earning Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference honors as a junior in 2011. She has appeared on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List in each of her seven semesters and been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll four times. During the 2012-13 academic year, Cloutier volunteered 22 hours to community service, mostly with the Grassroots Colonials organization that teaches HIV/AIDS awareness to middle school students in the district. Cloutier will graduate from GW this spring with a bachelor's degree in sport, event and hospitality management.
Over three seasons on the women's squash team, Nair has totaled 34 individual victories, including a team-best 13 wins in 2011-12. As a junior in 2012-13, she helped the Colonials reach the highest national ranking in program history at No. 12. The psychology major has appeared on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List all five semesters and totaled more than 11 hours of community service in 2012-13, including November's Thanksgiving food basket drive as well as teach the sport of squash to inner city youth.
A 2010 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection, Wilson ranks 14th all-time at GW with 585 career rebounds, averaging 6.4 boards per game during her GW tenure. She has appeared on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List eight times and has been recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll four times. Wilson performed more than 10 hours of community service in 2012-13, including Petworth Youth Basketball Playworks and College for Every Student. Wilson graduated from GW in December 2011 after three and a half years with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She received a graduate certificate in leadership development last May and is currently enrolled in GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development school counseling program.