People go to casinos hoping to walk out as winners. This past Saturday, the Casino family walked out of Spartan Stadium as winners as two siblings graduated from college - former volleyball player Asia and her brother Ekahi who was a walk-on wide receiver during the Dick Tomey era.
Asia transferred to San Jose State after playing her first season at UC Davis. While playing mostly in the back row and as the back-up setter, she had one of her best matches her senior year. Casino came off the bench against Sacramento State and recorded a career-best 31 assists to go with two kills and nine digs for the Spartans.
Off the court, Casino was a three-time Academic All-WAC honoree and a San Jose State Scholar Athlete as a psychology major. She plans to apply to nursing schools and would love to become a pediatric nurse.
"I am proud to get my degree in four years," said Asia. "It is something people don't do these days, and I am pretty excited to be on the same field with my brother graduating from San Jose State."
Ekahi was a member of the football team in 2005 and graduated with a degree in kinesiology.
"It is great to graduate with Asia, even though I was a little slower than her," said Ekahi. "I am looking for a job in the strength and conditioning field. I want to help young athletes to get a college career."
Saturday was a winning day all the way around for the Casino family as Asia and Ekahi's younger sister, Alia, graduated from Saint Francis High School.
"I actually had three children graduating today (Saturday) as my baby, Alia, graduated from Saint Francis," beamed proud father Ekabir. "The good thing is it's an economy of scale. We can have one party for all three graduates!"
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