Dec. 16, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosiers were named to the 2011 Academic Momentum Award list for the Scholar Baller program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).
Eighty-nine nominations were received from 55 different colleges and universities. Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete's academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete's academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors, and professors. A total of 17 male and female award recipients from NCAS partner schools were selected for the First Team, 16 recipients were chosen for the Second Team, and 16 recipients were selected for the Third Team.
Second Team Academic Momentum Award recipients:
Brooke Borneman, Field Hockey, Fitness Specialist Major
Third Team Academic Momentum Award recipients:
Ashley Benson, Volleyball, General Studies Major
Verdell Jones III, Men's Basketball, Sport Communication/Broadcasting
Award nominations included stories of: working with a learning specialist to progress academically; persevering on the quest for academic success while inspiring peers and teammates to excel in the classroom, becoming the first in their family to graduate with a degree from a college or university; being an international student who had to persevere through hardships both academically and economically; and organizing local community service initiatives.
The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is "to create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change."
Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller® movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete's athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes' passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.
Each award recipient will receive a recognition certificate and authentic Scholar Baller medal. In addition, all nominees will receive a ThinkMan® or ThinkWoman® decal/sticker.