76 Tornado honored with D2ADA Academic Achievement Award

King D2ADA Academic Achievement Honorees

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department continues to earn academic awards, most recently 76 Tornado student-athletes received the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Award. King led all Conference Carolinas schools in total number of honorees.

The King women’s track team lead all Tornado teams with 12 members while women’s volleyball team had eight student-athletes honored and the women’s basketball team had seven student-athletes honored.

“To have such a large number of student-athletes honored is an incredible testimony to our student-athletes, coaching staff, and support staff at King,” Athletic Director David Hicks said. “Our student-athletes continue to win on the field and succeed in the classroom. That is the true definition of a student-athlete, and one which we are very proud of at King.”

A record number of institutions (169) and student-athletes (6,801) are being recognized for the 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Association had 759 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program.

“The D2ADA would like to thank and congratulate the institutions that took part in honoring the record-number of 6,854 student-athletes with 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards,” stated D2ADA President Anita Barker, director of athletics at Chico State University.  “We continuously strive to recognize and honor deserving Division 2 student-athletes.  This award gives us the platform to showcase these individuals and their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the playing field.”

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division 2 institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2ADA. The student-athlete also must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, attended a minimum of two years of college level work and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.