2011 graduate heads Aruba Paralympic Committee

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shardea Croes, a 2011 Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate and former outfielder for the SRU softball team, has been named president of the Aruba Paralympic Committee.

Croes will head the country's efforts to train athletes for the Summer 2016 Paralympic Games and the Winter 2018 Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Games involve athletes with a range of physical disabilities, including muscular, limb and paralysis problems. Athletes compete in more than 20 adapted sports, including goal ball, football, badminton, skiing and wheelchair rugby.

Croes had an outstanding career as a student-athlete at SRU. She currently ranks third in hits (143), third in stolen bases (39), fifth in career batting average (.361), fifth in run scores (88) and eighth in games started (136). A PSAC Scholar-Athlete, in 2009 she was the only Division II finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. sports scholar award.