Division II ADA recognizes 50 SWOSU athletes for academic achievement

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2019-20 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 13th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.

SWOSU was one of nine Great American Conference schools recognized by the D2 ADA as 541 GAC student-athletes earned the recognition. Bulldog and Lady Bulldog athletic programs had 50 student-athletes earn the award, representing the Track & Field (9), Softball (8), Football (7), Volleyball (6), Women’s Basketball (5), Baseball (4), Soccer (4), Men’s Golf (4), Cross Country (2) and Women’s Golf (1) programs.

“Excellence in the classroom is something we strive for within our Athletic Department and I would like to commend these student-athletes for earning Academic Achievement from the D2 ADA,” SWOSU Interim Athletic Director Todd Helton said. “The past semester was anything but ordinary, but I’m very proud of the work our coaches and academic staff have done to help our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom!”

In total, there were 15,214 student-athletes from 200 institutions recognized for the 2019-20 Academic Achievement Awards. These numbers shattered the records for highest number of participating institutions and the largest number of student-athletes being nominated since the award program's inception. For the second-straight year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has the largest number of student-athlete honorees with 1,365 total, closely followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 1,333 and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with 1,220.

"In a year when we can use all of the good news, the D2 ADA Officers and Board of Directors are proud to recognize the highest number of student-athletes with the Academic Achievement Award than ever before," said D2 ADA President JR Smith, director of athletics at Chadron State College. "The nominations also came from a record number of institutions, showcasing the passion and dedication of our Association and Division II as a whole."

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues-paying member of the D2 ADA.

Also, the student-athlete must:

   - have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

   - have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work

   - have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

About D2 ADA: The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2 ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2 ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 56th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

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