June 18, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Success off the court has earned Florida Atlantic University's women's cross country, women's tennis and men's golf teams the prestigious NCAA's Public Recognition Award. The NCAA honors teams whose Academic Progress Rate (APR) is among the top 10 percent in their sport.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the APR process. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
"I'm ecstatic for each girl and the hard work they put in on-and-off the court," said Marcy Hora-Cava, FAU women's tennis coach. "The girls always take books with them to practice and road trips during our challenging spring season. I am very proud with their dedication to their coursework."
FAU was one of two SBC women's tennis teams receiving the NCAA's Public Recognition Award this year.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a NCAA news release. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
Angelo Sands, men's golf head coach, also stresses academic performance and being a student-athlete.
"I am very proud of my team, they received it for being student-athletes," said Sands. "Academics have always been my major focus for the team. When the guys show up on the first day with their parents for meetings I make it clear that they are student-athletes with the student part coming first."
Women's cross country head coach Alex Smolka is also very proud of this recognition.
"It's an honor to be recognized for hard work and dedication, because obviously, coming to a university, your number one goal should be graduating," said Smolka. "The fact that our runners take the term student-athlete very seriously is a testament to their competitive nature and their willingness to do hard work."