FAIRFAX, Va. – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education announced the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honorees and Gallaudet University had two recipients in football running back BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) and women’s volleyball outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.).
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
To be included, students need 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. The NCAA Office of Inclusion has partnered with Diverse to support this standout class of scholar-athletes.
Flores was named to the football first team made up of student-athletes from all divisions. Thomas was named to the volleyball third team. Over 1,000 outstanding minority student-athletes were nominated by their respective college or university to receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors.
Flores and Thomas join former Gallaudet football standout Adham Talaat '13 as the only Bison to receive this honor. Talaat was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in 2014.
This coming year, 2017, marks the 25th silver anniversary of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards. The first awards were presented in 1992.
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