June 19, 2001
BOCA RATON - Four Florida Atlantic University student athletes have been honored by Black Issues In Higher Education.
Black Issues in High Education established, in 1992, the Sports Scholars Award to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism. The student must have to compete on the intercollegiate level, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
FAU athletes honored were: Fabio Faerman, a member of the 2001 men's tennis team which captured the University's first men's Trans America Athletic Conference Championship and participated in the program's second-consecutive NCAA Post-Season Tournament. Faerman, who earned second team honors, is a junior who posted a 3.40 cumulative g.p.a. and is an Engineering major. On the women's side, seniors Diane Sanchez and Kristina Picon earned second and third team honors, respectively, for softball. The softball team captured its fifth consecutive TAAC Championship and appeared in their third consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament. Sanchez posted a 3.48 g.p.a and is an Elementary Education major. Picon finished with a 3.28 g.p.a. and is a Communications major. Tessa Solomon rounded out the FAU athletes honored with a 3.23 g.p.a. in Business. Solomon, who earned second team honors, is a sophomore on the women's swim team.