April 30, 2014
A total of 20 UC Davis student-athletes representing 12 different sports were selected as 2013-14 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars, it was announced by Diverse magazine in April. The Sports Scholar Award recognizes undergraduate minority student-athletes who achieve academically, athletically and in the campus and community.
The women's golf, women's track & field and softball teams each had three honorees. Senior Jessica Chulya, junior Blair Lewis and sophomore Andrea Wong represented women's golf. Junior Cekarri Nixon, sophomore Christine Hoffman and redshirt freshman Kaz Shidara hail from the track team (Hoffman and Shidara also run cross country in the fall). Senior Kimberly Pena and sophomores Christa Castello and Christina Guidry play for the Aggie softball team.
Seniors Liliana Alvarez and Megan Leung form a two-person delegation from the UC Davis women's swimming & diving team. Senior Melissa Kobayakawa and sophomore Tiffany Pham represent women's tennis on the honor roll while sophomores Cassandra Quebral and Jamie Yamashita come from women's gymnastics. The men's track and cross country teams also tabled a pair of honorees in sophomores Amar Dholakia and Cody Nguyen.
Senior Jabari Howard (football), junior Andre Brown (men's soccer) and senior Joshua Granger (men's golf) repped their respective sports.
Alvarez, Brown, Chuyla, Granger, Leung and Quebral are repeat winners of the award.
2014 ARTHUR ASHE, JR. SPORTS SCHOLARS
Liliana Alvarez, Women's Swimming & Diving
Andre Brown, Men's Soccer
Christa Castello, Softball
Jessica Chulya, Women's Golf
Amar Dholakia, Men's Track/Cross Country
Joshua Granger, Men's Golf
Christina Guidry, Softball
Christine Hoffmann, Women's Track/Cross Country
Jabari Howard, Football
Melissa Kobayakawa, Women's Tennis
Megan Leung, Women's Swimming & Diving
Blair Lewis, Women's Golf
Cody Nguyen, Men's Track/Cross Country
Cekarri Nixon, Women's Track & Field
Kimberly Pena, Softball
Tiffany Pham, Women's Tennis
Cassandra Quebral, Gymnastics
Kaz Shidara, Women's Track/Cross Country
Andrea Wong, Women's Golf
Jamie Yamashita, Gymnastics