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ERIC Number: EJ849971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-28
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Legacy of Leadership
Rogers, Ibram
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n8 p9 May 2009
This article features Kenneth Avila, Northwestern University's junior centerfielder in baseball. He has volunteered at a Christian youth camp, in a Buddy Ball game with disabled and special education children, and at a sports day at a local elementary school. He has read to children in classrooms at local schools and helped out at a Halloween festival. And he will be recognized for his exceptional work in his own Northwestern classrooms. The Texas native has earned a 3.43 grade point average and was honored as Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2008. Avila, the Diverse 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year, will also be known as one of the 325 varsity student-athletes to participate in the NCAA National Leadership Conference. He will be known for his work as an Associated Student Government senator who ushered in several campus initiatives like wireless Internet and a downtown Chicago bus route, and for his involvement in the Student Athletes Advisory Committee and the Minority Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. One of Avila's many programmatic initiatives is the Northwestern Athletics Minority Recruiting Program. The program, which Avila played a central role in organizing, is designed to service prospective student-athletes of color. Coaches have the option of calling on a group of student-athletes of color to show the recruit around campus and talk to the recruit about their experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas