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Seven Union Student-Athletes Received the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sport Scholar Award

CRANFORD – Seven of Union County College’s student-athletes received Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards, which is sponsored by the publication, “Diverse: Issue in Higher Education.” The award is given to honor students who have excelled in the classroom and in athletics. Legendary tennis hall of famer Arthur Ashe, Jr. was the inspiration for the award due to his commitment to education. To qualify for the award, an individual must also demonstrate a commitment to community service and leadership.

The following Union student-athletes were named as First Team for the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars: William Fernando, with a 3.925 GPA, for Track and Field; Kenneth Matta, with a 4.0 GPA, for Baseball; and Emily Badalis, also with a 4.0 GPA, for Volleyball. Doris Almagro, with a 3.898 GPA, was named to the Second Team for Soccer. For the Third Team, student-athletes Yosuke Hirashiki, with a 3.517 GPA, was named for Soccer; Luis Rullan, with a 3.209 GPA, was named for Baseball; and Emily Morris, with a 3.724 GPA, was named for Soccer.

“These scholar-athletes work hard to earn their excellent grades while also focusing on the training needed to being a successful athlete. At Union our scholar-athletes understand that they are students first and must achieve success in in the classroom as their primary focus,” stated Dean of College Life Tammy Smith.

For more information on the athletic teams offered at Union, go www.unionowls.com.