Thursday, April 8, 2004
NASHVILLE --- More than 200 student-athletes representing the 15 athletic teams of Tennessee State University were treated free food and music at a reception in their honor on Thursday afternoon for National Student-Athlete Recognition Day. National Student-Athlete Day honors student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers and school systems that make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement. The day, established by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Former President Bill Clinton has saluted those involved in National Student-Athlete Day activities. In an open letter acknowledging the day, he wrote, "A healthy balance between sports and academics is essential to ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges of the future." Richard Lapchick, Director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society, said "Over the last fifteen years, National Student-Athlete Day has grown to enormous proportions with over 315,000 student-athletes being honored nationwide last year alone." Senior Woman Administrator Valencia Jordan and TSU's Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) were some of today's organizers. "This was a great experience for our student-athletes. It is not often that they are appreciated for their sacrifices on and off their respecitve fields of play," Jordan said. "We are looking forward to many more celebrations of the achievements of our student-athletes in the future." Information about National Student-Athlete Day can be found at the official NSAD website.