Gonzaga University Celebrates National-Student Athlete Day

April 6, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University will join hundreds of universities around the nation to honor its student-athletes on National Student-Athlete Day with a barbeque at Avista Stadium during the Bulldogs' West Coast Conference baseball game against the University of San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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).

This day is America's day to recognize the academic and community achievements of student-athletes. Gonzaga student-athletes have been actively involved in the Spokane community over the academic year working with such organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Page Ahead Book Drive, Read Across America and Union Gospel Mission to name a few.

On top of working hard in the community as well as in their respective sports the Bulldog student-athletes have also been working hard in the classroom. GU student-athletes have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.22, placed 27 student-athletes on the Dean's list (GPA of 3.5-3.7) and 50 student-athletes on the President's List (GPA of 3.7-4.0).

Gonzaga has had several student-athletes recognized for their academic success over the year. Women's basketball players Shannon Mathews and Ashley Burke, and men's basketball player Sean Mallon have been named to the West Coast Conference Winter All-Academic teams. Mathews and Burke were also named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America All-District VIII squad, Mathews a first-team pick and Burke a second-team selection. Mallon was also among the 10 men's basketball players named to the 3rd annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team selected by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA). Ryan Anderson, Eric Berge, Joe Manning, Emily Buck, Jill Semenza, Emilee Gihring, Rob Anderson and Arni Pjetursson were all named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team as well.

"Our coaches and support staff take pride in developing the total person," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "While one of our main goals is to win within the competitive environment, we also strive for outstanding results in the classroom. Over the years our student-athletes have done an excellent job of balancing both aspects of being a student-athlete. Sunday is just one small way we can recognize and showcase our student-athletes and thank them for a job well done."

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