PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 13, 2014) – Rutgers wrestling redshirt junior 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) was named a recipient of the Scholar Baller National Second Team Academic Momentum Award, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) announced. A total of 15 student-athletes were selected for the Academic Momentum Award Second Team.
Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete’s academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete’s academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors, and professors. The first team consisted of 10 members, while the third team also contained 15 members.
Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller ® movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete’s athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes’ passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.
The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is “to create a better society by focusing on education attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.”
Second Team Academic Momentum Award
Mohammed Ahmed, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science, Track and Field
Danielle Bowcut, Idaho State University, Radiology, Track and Field
Francisco Dias, George Washington University, Business Administration, Tennis
Fabyon Harris, Texas A&M, Youth and Development, Basketball
Stefania Hristov, Texas A&M, Sport Management, Tennis
Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic University, Criminal Justice, Football
Ashley Kotero, Auburn University, Public Administration, Soccer
Danni Jackson, George Washington University, Leadership Development, Basketball
Alysha Lewis, Florida International University, Track and Field
David Lewis, Adelphi University, Management Information Services, Track and Field
Devin Marshall, Arizona State University, Family and Human Development, Soccer
Denzell Perine, Florida International University, Criminal Justice, Football
Michael Quinn, Florida Atlantic University, International Business, Soccer
Nick Visicaro, Rutgers University, Human Resources and Labor Studies, Wrestling
Erin Willoughby, Oklahoma State University, Undecided, Equestrian
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