May 17, 2007 - by
Six Student-Athletes Named 2007 Arthur Ashe Junior Sports Scholars

May 17, 2007


The Florida State track and field team highlights a group of six Seminole student-athletes who have been named 2007 Arthur Ashe Junior Sports Scholars.  Javier Garcia-Tunon (1st team) and Hubert Mitchell (3rd team) from the men’s track and field team and Naikeya Heath (2nd team) and Kandia Batchelor (3rd team) from the women’s team received the honor while football’s Myron Rolle (1st team) and women’s basketball’s Alicia Gladden (4th team) round out the FSU honorees.


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars 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, we invite every college and university in the country 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 GPA of at least 3.2; and must be active on their campuses or in their communities. This year, approximately 600 male and female student-athletes from across the country were nominated.


Florida State’s honorees:


1st Team:

Track & Field’s Javier Garcia Tunon (Fall ’06 GPA 4.0, Cum. GPA 4.0, Business Manag’t)

Football’s Myron Rolle (Fall ’06 GPA 3.71, Cum. GPA 3.89, Biology/Pre-Med)


2nd Team:

Track & Field’s Naikeya Heath (Fall ’06 3.83, Cum. GPA 3.61, Exercise Science)


3rd Team:

Track & Field’s Hubert Mitchell (Fall ’06 3.44, Cum. GPA 3.30, Comm. Studies)

Track & Field’s Kandia Batchelor (Fall ’06 3.15, Cum GPA 3.48, Bus. Man’t & Bus. Mkg)


4th Team:

Women’s Basketball’s Alicia Gladden (Fall ’06 3.56, Cum. GPA 3.37, Sport Management)


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