For Immediate Release: May 17, 2005
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Hampden and Laws named Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Seniors Hasani Hampden (Freeport, N.Y.) of the men's track & field team and Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) of the women's basketball program have each received the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award. Hampden, who will compete at the upcoming NCAA East Regional Track Championship, was named third-team track & field. Laws, who was named America East All-Conference three years in a row, was named second-team women's basketball.

In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Award to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. 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. The winners are grouped according to the sports in which they compete.

Hampden, who is majoring in computer science, was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the 2006 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships. He also earned All-East honors in the 400 hurdles at last weekend's ECAC/IC4A Championships. Off the track, he has been a member of SAAC and the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, as wel as several on-campus organizations.

Laws, who is majoring in African-American Studies, finished her stellar career with 1,246 points, the fifth-best total in program history. She also ended her career with 617 career rebounds, the ninth-highest total in school history. Off the court, Laws has donated countless hours volunteering in the community. She will begin her graduate studies at Michigan State next fall.

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