SRU Good News for May 14, 2009
Magazine names Croes an Ashe Sports Scholar Award finalist
Shardea Croes, a junior exercise science major from San Nicolas, Aruba, has been named a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award presented by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. She has also been named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The female and male winners of this year's Ashe awards will be announced in the Diverse magazine's May 28 issue.
A two-year starter in right field on The Rock softball team, Croes is the only non-NCAA Division I female student-athlete included in the Ashe finalist pool.
>The other female finalists for this year's Ashe award are Lamarra Currie, track and field, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Diane Gu, swimming, Rice University; Mariko Strickland, soccer, California State University Long Beach; Azahara Munoz, golf, Arizona State University; Marcia Newby, gymnastics, University of Georgia; Yolanda Odenyo, soccer, Oklahoma State University; Ashley Paris, basketball, University of Oklahoma; Angela Porshe, volleyball, Valparaiso University and Destiny Williams, tennis, North Carolina A&T University.
The Sports Scholars Awards were established in 1992 by Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, predecessor to Diverse magazine. The awards honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by the late tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.
Each year, the magazine invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in the awards program by nominating its outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Ashe Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as 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. Robert McComas, SRU sports information directed, nominated Croes for the Ashe award.
Croes was included in a group of approximately 600 male and female student-athletes from across the nation nominated for this year's award. She has a 3.79 grade point average and has been on the SRU Dean's List during her entire college career.
For the ESPN honor, Croes was selected as a member of the third team college division in the outfield. CoSida's two college divisions includes all NCAA Division II and III institutions in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. In order to be eligible for the ESPN All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must possess a cumulative grade point average above 3.30 and must be a starter or key reserve with significant athletic credentials.
Croes is one of six players in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to earn the ESPN All-Academic honor and is one of only three sophomores in the second district to earn the honor. California University of Pennsylvania is represented on the first team. Croes was joined on the third team by California's Kayleigh Braim.
Athletically, Croes was a second-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division selection in 2008 after she helped lead The Rock to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. In the recently completed 2009 season, she helped lead SRU to its first PSAC playoff berth since 1984.
Away from the softball field, Croes is actively involved in projects that promote diversity and cultural awareness on campus. She is a Special Olympics volunteer and has been part of youth-related programs such as Operation Christmas Child, Kids in Action and the I Care House in New Castle. She is an active member of the Adapted Physical Activity Council, Exercise Science Society and Compass Leadership organizations.
In her home country of Aruba, she served as a representative to the Global Young Leaders Conference in April 2008 and was a member of the selection staff for Aruba's 2009 Kingdom Games softball team. Her role in the young leaders conference led to her being invited to the University Presidential Inauguration Conference in Washington, D.C., as part of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration.
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