April 14, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - In 1992, Black Issues in Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Award to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. The 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars were recently released and Florida State was well represented. Seminole track and field standout Garrett Johnson earned first team honors while women's basketball player Alicia Gladden was named to the third team.
This year approximately 600 male and female student-athletes from across the country were nominated. Johnson and Gladden were nominated by Florida State's athletic academic support office for best exemplifying the high standards of scholarship, athleticism, and humanitarianism.
A scholar and athlete, Ashe dedicated his life to expanding opportunities for young people. Each year Black Issues In Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. Students named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar must exhibit academic excellence and community activism as well as athletic prowess.
To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Johnson, a senior academically but a redshirt sophomore eligibility-wise, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.81 in Political Science and Literature. A 2005 Track and Field Indoor All-American, Johnson is a two-time ACC shot put champion. Gladden, a sophomore, was a member of the five-player ACC All-Defensive team and an honorable mention All-ACC selection. She has a cumulative grade point average of 3.38 in Psychology. Johnson serves as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and is vice president of the Student Boosters. Gladden earned women's basketball's Selfless Service Award after performing 27.5 hours of community service this year.
Both are featured in the April 7, 2005, edition of Black Issues In Higher Education.