19 Student-Athletes Chosen as 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

June 15, 2007

19 Stony Brook University student-athletes were chosen as 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars for their excellence in academics, athletics, and service to their community. The April edition of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine highlights the recipients who all represent various ethnic or foreign backgrounds.

10 different Stony Brook teams were represented as the Seawolves landed 19 winners who posted an average gpa of 3.55 and listed a variety of community service efforts among their impressive list of achievements. Stony Brook winners included senior Vladimir Sreckovic and junior Jonathan Eldor of the men's swimming and diving team; senior women's basketball players Kelly Watson, Inbar Orion, Sabrina Thompson; men's tennis' senior Nihal Advani and sophomore Youssef Fassi-Fehri and women's tennis' seniors Sandy Wijeratne Arlene Barksdale.

Seniors Sarah Beresford and Danielle Lewis, junior Dana Hastie, and sophomore Rosanna Peralta represented Women's Track and Cross Country while juniors Mubaarak Muhammad and Shaun Krawitz were winners on the Men's Track and Cross Country side.

Sophomore volleyball player Nazli Gulce Dikecligil, women's lacrosse sophomore Amy Hallion, and senior Predrag Marinkovic of the men's soccer team were all honored while junior Rhys Duch was the lone men's lacrosse player in the country chosen to receive this honor.

In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholars Award to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. Recently, the awards have expanded to include foreign student-athletes as well.

A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. Each year, Diverse invites all postsecondary institutions in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism. Students must also 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.