*The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable announced the launch of its first annual Scholar-Athlete Award for inner city school’s student athletes who have excelled both in the athletic arena and in the classroom.
The Award is a beautiful oak paneled Plaque and a Cash Award. The presentation will be made Saturday, December 17. The student-athletes were chosen for their dedication to attaining and maintaining the highest standards in classroom achievement.
Their dedication to academics is supreme proof that students can excel in sport and in their studies. Their achievements serve as a template for what student-athletes can achieve in the academic world when they place classroom performance on par with sports performance. Their attaining a high standard in academic excellence is recognition that sports is only one small facet of life and that academics is crucial to their success once their playing day’s end.
This is especially important given the disproportionately lower graduation rates and higher school drop rates of minority athletes in high school and college. This is doubly tragic given that chances of a professional career in sport for most high school athletes is almost nil. This makes the emphasis by high school athletes on academic performance even more important.
“Numerous studies that have shown that the dream of African-American and Hispanic high school athletes to play professionally will never be fulfilled,” says Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, “The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable Scholar-Athlete Award is designed to reward those student athletes who understand that sports is only one part of their lives and is no substitute for academic excellence and career preparation.”
Saturday December 17, 1:00 PM at 5349 S. Crenshaw Bl., L.A. 90008
Forthcoming in December
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