State House Recognizes National Student-Athlete Day


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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — Student-Athletes from intercollegiate athletics departments around the State of South Carolina convened on the South Carolina State House Wednesday to take part in a recognition of National Student-Athlete Day.

National Student-Athlete Day was created by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports in 1987 and is celebrated annually on April 6.  National Student-Athlete Day recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.

Twenty-six South Carolina Universities were represented at the State House recognition.

A resolution was introduced in the South Carolina Senate Chambers by Sen. John Courson that stated, in part, Student-Athletes “bring widespread favorable exposure to our great State and their universities for the outstanding sportsmanship they show in competition.  Their commendable sportsmanship is confirmation of the increased maturity these young people gain from participating in sports, as testified by the two-third of former student-athletes who agree that playing an NCAA sport helped prepare them for life after graduation.”

Student-athletes who took part in Wednesday’s recognition include:

University                              Student-Athletes (Sports)
Allen                                       Kayla Pierce (Volleyball) and Sherod Wade (Men’s Basketball)
Benedict                                Danyelle Copeland (Women’s Tennis) and Dessie Demlew (Cross Country/Track & Field)
Charleston Southern           Danielle Burnett (Women’s Track) and Solomon Brown (Football)
Claflin                                     Jabari Brown (Baseball) and Chymaine Guinyard (Volleyball)
Clemson                 Sloan Shanahan (Women’s Golf) and Mauriq Hill (Men’s Soccer)
Coastal Carolina                    Nick Clark (Football) and Ellie Taylor (Women’s Soccer)
Coker                                     Sydney Shull (Women’s Basketball) and Christopher Bordelon (Men’s Soccer)
College of Charleston          Montana LeBoeuf (Women’s Soccer) and Cesar Murillo (Men’s Soccer)
Columbia College                 Janay Chisholm (Cross Country/Track) and BriAna Johnson (Women’s Basketball)
Converse                               Erin Horne (Women’s Basketball) and Laura Ann Dixon (Women’s Swimming)
Erskine                                   Michael Byrd (Men’s Basketball) and Aaron Brown (Men’s Basketball)
Florence-Darlington Tech  Sam Caldwell (Baseball) and Carlee Belk (Softball)
Furman                                  Rose Hull (Women’s Soccer) and Kendrec Ferrara (Men’s Basketball)
Lander                                   Kendall Korte (Volleyball) and Chris Krekeler (Men’s Soccer)
Limestone                             Titus Williams (Football) and Justin Crowder (Men’s Basketball)
Newberry                              Mitch Riggs (Men’s Basketball) and Mallory Gerndt (Softball)
North Greenville                  Jordan Farmer (Softball) and Micheal Thomas (Football)
South Carolina State            Haley Austin (Women’s Soccer) and Brandon Perry (Men’s Track and Field)
Southern Wesleyan             Ruben Rodriguez (Men’s Soccer) and Sarah Hughey (Volleyball)
The Citadel                            Rachel Keefer (Volleyball) and Tevin Floyd (Football)
USC Aiken                              Jordan Misiri (Men’s Soccer)
USC Beaufort                        Josh Roper (Men’s Track & Field) and Pamela Robinson (Women’s Track & Field)
USC Columbia                       Litsa Darby (Beach Volleyball) and Kaleb Zuidema (Men’s Track and Field)
USC Upstate                          Brittany Starling (Women’s Basketball) and Griffin Eubanks (Cross Country)
Winthrop                               Lacy Adams (Softball) and Magnus Thorsson (Men’s Soccer)
Wofford                                 Robert Massey (Football)

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