Jan. 30, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. -
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) honored four Florida Atlantic University student-athletes with a 2013 Academic Momentum Award as part of its Scholar Baller program. Andrae Kirk (football), Michael Quinn (soccer), Kayvon Sherrill (football) and Jonathan Wallace (football) were all recipients of this award for their academic improvement and positive impact on their fellow students, teammates, academic advisors and professors.
"These awards portray a great commitment to academics by those student-athletes and shows that they truly buy into the resources offered by FAU and our office," said Marlon Dechausay, director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence at FAU. "Every student we nominated was recognized, so that is exciting and rewarding for our team."
Kirk, a senior and member of the football team, and Quinn, a junior and member of the men's soccer team, received second team honors. Through hard work and time management, Kirk greatly improved his G.P.A. during his FAU sophomore year (2012) and became a more independent learner. Kirk led the Owls football team with 84 tackles, was named 2013 FAU Defensive MVP and named second team Conference USA All-Conference. Quinn also made huge strides in his academic performance and was motivated to succeed both academically and athletically. He was inspired by his teammates and wanted to serve as a mentor.
Sherrill and Wallace, both FAU senior transfers, received third team honors. Sherrill came in as a transfer who initially struggled, but since has become an honor roll member. Sherrill saw action in five games and recorded five tackles in 2013. Wallace joined the squad as a walk-on after one failed attempt. He has led the running back corps the last two seasons in total yards and earned a scholarship for his final season. He established himself as a role model and leader for his fellow teammates. Wallace put up 563 rushing yards in 2013, despite missing the last five games, recorded his career long-54 yard run and will graduate from FAU in the spring.
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 1995, the Scholar Baller® movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete's athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. To address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport. As a result, the program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.