Release: June 12, 2008
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receives Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award
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.