April 6, 2017
Fairfax, Va.----- For the second consecutive year, a record number of San Jose State University student-athletes of color were honored as 2017 Arthur Ashe. Jr., Sports Scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Twenty-five (25) Spartans from the sports of baseball, women's basketball, men's cross country, football, gymnastics, men's soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's track and field, and women's volleyball fulfilled the award requirements of being a student of color, maintaining at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, have sophomore standing or higher and being active in community activities.
San Jose State's total honorees are two more than the school's 23 award winners in 2016, more than any West Coast college or university, and the most for a Mountain West member.
"We thank Diverse: Issues in Higher Education for honoring our outstanding San Jose State scholar-athletes. To be attached to the legacy of Arthur Ashe, Jr., and what he personified is very meaningful," says Eileen Daley, San Jose State University senior associate athletics director for academics and student support.
"We are proud of the number of student-athletes to earn this award and especially Tim Crawley who was named one of the four finalists for this year's award as the top male sports scholar."
Crawley, one of the most honored student-athletes for academics in San Jose State history, was selected as the top football student-athlete among the 110 honored in his sport. This is the third consecutive year Crawley was honored by the Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholars program. University of Kentucky soccer player Paul Sime was named the Arthur Ashe, Jr., Male Sports Scholar of the Year.
Besides Crawley, 15 San Jose State student-athletes were honored for a second or third time. Taylor Solorio, a kinesiology major, received her third Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar recognition as a first-team women's swimming and diving team honoree.
Now in its 25th year, the awards program is named in honor of Arthur Ashe, Jr. (1943-1993), an African-American men's Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis champion who devoted much of his adult life to identifying and providing solutions to end discrimination in all facets of life.
|Name||Sport - Award
||Women's Swimming & Diving -- Second Team||Undeclared|
|Paris Baird||Women's Basketball -- First Team||Psychology|
|** Brenna Bushey||Women's Swimming & Diving -- Second Team||Public Relations|
|** Jade Childs||Women's Track & Field -- Fourth Team||Business Management|
|** Jonathan Colunga||Men's Soccer -- Second Team||Spanish|
|** Tim Crawley
||Football -- Male National Finalist
||Business Management Information Systems|
|** Kylie Fonseca||Women's Swimming & Diving -- First Team||Psychology|
|** Chris Gonzalez||Football -- Fourth Team||Business Accounting|
|Chandler Hawkins||Football -- Third Team||Kinesiology|
|** Jamie Hirai||Volleyball -- First Team||Business Accounting|
|** Nicole Iloanya||Women's Track & Field -- Third Team||Political Science|
|** Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw||Women's Track & Field - First Team
|** Myzhanique Ladd||Women's Basketball -- Honorable Mention||Radio, TV & Film|
|** Alex Manigo||Football -- Fourth Team||Business Management Information Systems|
|Josh Nashed||Baseball -- Third Team||Business|
|Josh Oliver||Football -- Fourth Team||Undeclared|
|Jonathan Partida||Men's Socccer --Second Team||Hospitality Management|
|Stephanie Relova||Women's Gymnastics -- Second Team||Business Management|
|Raul Rodarte||Men's Cross Country -- Third Team||Communication Studies|
|** Julie Sam||Volleyball -- First Team||Hospitality, Tourism & Event Management|
|*** Taylor Solorio||Women's Swimming & Diving -- First Team||Kinesiology|
|** Jack Veasey||Baseball -- Second Team||International Business|
|** Rachol West||Women's Basketball -- Third Team||Early Childhood Education|
|** Kaitlin Won||Women's Gymnastics -- Second Team||Kinesiology|
|Jeanette Zambrano||Women's Track & Field -- Fifth Team||Kinesiology|
|** - two-time award winner|
|*** - three-time award winner|