Yam, Puleo Honored as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholars
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior Kylee Yam of Longmeadow, Mass. and sophomore Arianna Puleo of Mamaroneck, N.Y. have been honored as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
Yam served as a team tri-captain and leader for the Camels. On the field, Yam caused 31 turnovers and gobbled up 61 ground balls over the past four years. She corralled four ground balls to lead the Camels in a 12-11 victory against Wheaton College March 16.
Connecticut College Head Women´s Lacrosse Coach Heather McClelland appreciated all of Yam´s efforts in leading one of the youngest teams in the country this past season.
"Kylee is a very strong leader and respected captain," McClelland said. "She took the reins this past fall to help steer a young team in the right direction. She led team practices and workouts in the off-season, helping prepare the team for the spring. She is a great kid with a huge heart and desire to make this program succeed. Kylee was a big part of our defensive unit, both as a player and leader back there. Filling her role as a leader, player and teammate will be a challenge for us."
Puleo just completed her second season on the women´s rowing team. She was the coxswain for the gold medal winning boat in the open four division of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Collegiate Regatta that was held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. May 9.
Puleo has excelled in the classroom as a Dean´s List Student and will continue to play an integral role for the rowing team over the next two years.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who excel both academically and athletically.
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.´s commitment to education, as well as his love for the game of tennis, Diverse Issues in Higher Education invites every college and university in the country to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding student-athletes. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism.
To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; have completed at least one academic year of course work; be enrolled for the fall term of ´09; maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses and/or their communities.
June 7, 2010