Five Clark Atlanta University student-athletes were named 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholars by ‘Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine’: Nekesha Whitaker, Kelvin Tanner, Brionne Bachus, Kailyn Blackmon, and Kasey Dawson.

Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education and his love for tennis, Diverse Magazine established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate African-American student-athletes who are community leaders and have excelled academically and athletically at their respective colleges and universities.

Whitaker, one of the featured student-athletes, is a graduating senior wth a 3.73 GPA in Criminal Justice and the 2013 Georgia Peach of an Athlete top female honoree. With a wealth of community service initiatives including her involvement with CAU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), she paces her workload as a member of the women’s cross-country and track and field teams.

Dawson, a graduating senior and Psychology major and Bachus, a rising senior and Accounting major, are both women’s tennis student-athletes who boast a 3.78 and 3.76 cumulative GPA, respectively. Blackmon, a junior Psycology major, claims a 3.74 GPA while Tanner, CAU’s male Peach of an Athlete nominee, excels with a 3.55 GPA in Computer Information Systems.     

These student-athletes are among others at NCAA DI, DII and DIII member institutions to receive this recognition.

(Photo: Clark Atlanta cross country athlete Nekesha Whitaker.)

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