For Immediate Release: June 12, 2008
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Balasundar receives Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Graduating senior Gayathri Balasundar (Syosset, N.Y.) has been named a recipient of the 2008 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award. She earned the award, which is presented to minority athletes, on the basis of her athletic and academic accomplishments as well as her prominent role on campus.

Balasundar was the team captain and lone senior on a Binghamton squad that finished 13-6 and was the runner up at the America East Conference Tournament in April. In addition, she was the president of PEER:PRIDE, the university's student-athlete advisory group during the 2007-08 academic year.

"We are very proud of Gayathri's accomplishments during her four years here," women's tennis coach Mike Stevens said. "She did a great job leading our young team this past season and has done a lot for our athletic department."

Established by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars Award is named after the legendary men's tennis player, for his committment to education and athletics. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their communities.

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