Kirlew, Sherrill Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars
June 7, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Hoosier defensive end Jammie Kirlew and junior track and field athlete Faith Sherrill have been named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. Established in 1992 by the publication Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, the Sports Scholars Awards honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.
A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as 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. This year approximately 600 male and female student-athletes from across the country were nominated.
Kirlew, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5. Named team MVP in 2009 for the second straight season, Kirlew also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008.
Additionally, the Orlando native was selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List as well as being one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. He was also a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).
Indiana head football coach Billy Lynch said that Kirlew's success at IU will carry over into his professional career.
"We are used to congratulating Jammie for prestigious honors and the entire program does so once again," Lynch said. "This is another example why he will be successful not only in the National Football League but in any field he chooses to pursue."
Sherrill was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year after she won the Big Ten shot put title with a Big Ten Championships record heave. Sherrill has the nation's second-best mark in the shot put and has advanced to the NCAA Championships. During the indoor season, she won the Big Ten weight throw title. Sherrill was also named All-America, All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten this year.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Sherrill has raised her performance to an elite level in her sport and this honor will surely not be her last.
"Faith has really emerged as an elite athlete this year," Helmer said. "She has managed to raise her performance to among the nation's best, while maintaining a high level of achievement in her academics."
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