April 23, 2007

Fayetteville State University athletes have proven that they can excel in the athletic arena as well as in the classroom. Diverse Issues in Higher Education (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education) has named eight FSU student-athletes to the 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Team. The student-athletes were selected for their performances on and off the athletic field that led diverse editors to select those student-athletes who best exemplified the high standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism.

Three of Fayetteville State University student-athletes, Hazael Andrew, Charlie Lawrence, III and Deana Wooten have received the elite honor two times. Fayetteville State University and Johnson C. Smith University were the only CIAA institutions to have student-athletes named to the team.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, colleges and universities across the country are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism.

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.

FSU student-athletes selected to Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Team are:

Hazael Andrew, men's basketball
Charlie Lawrence, III, football
Shayla Roberts, women's basketball
Contessa Sanchez, women's tennis
Derek Scott, men's golf
Brandon Smith, men's golf
Deana Wooten, women's basketball
Sha'Quna Veney, women's volleyball



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