13 Spartans Named 2015 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars

Kayla Nakamoto is one of four Spartan swimmers named an Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar.
April 27, 2015 Fairfax, Va.----- Thirteen San Jose State University student-athletes from eight sports were named 2015 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The publication's annual awards program recognizes undergraduate student-athletes of color who personify Mr. Ashe's (19443-1993) ideals of scholarship, athletics achievement and humanitarianism. Selected student-athletes have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and are active in community service activities.

Baseball outfielder Andre Mercurio (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS); basketball guards Jalen James (Chicago, Ill./La Lumiere School) from the men's team and Ta'rea Cunningan (Winchester, Calif./Chaparral HS) from the women's team; football wide receiver Tim Crawley (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep); gymnasts Jasmine Holmes (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS) and Gabrielle Kambur (Novato, Calif./St. Vincent de Paul HS); softball utility player Erin Rodriguez (Corona, Calif./Santiago HS); swimmers Kayla Nakamoto (Roseville, Calif./Roseville HS), Lynea Baudino (Bellflower, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Morgan Miller (Fernley, Nev./Sierra College) and Taylor Solorio (Bakersfield, Calif./Highland HS); and track and field & cross country twin sisters Breanna and Rebecca Garcia (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon HS) are 2015 Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholars.

This year, San José State's 13 award winners represent the most for any NCAA Division I, II or III institution based in the Pacific Time Zone and are the most for any Mountain West conference member.

A complete list of the 496 award winners is available in the April 9 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher education.