FAYETTEVILLE – In recognition of National Student-Athlete Day, the University of Arkansas athletic department hosted a celebration of its more than 460 student-athletes Wednesday evening in conjunction with the Razorback baseball game against Texas State at Baum Stadium.
"This day is a great chance for us to celebrate and honor our Razorback student-athletes," Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Eric Wood said. "They perform at their highest levels and provide leadership for the University of Arkansas and throughout the Northwest Arkansas community."
The office of Student-Athlete Development hosted a cookout for more than 300 people, including Razorback student-athlete, faculty and staff.
Within the field of competition, Arkansas is ranked among the top 25 intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation, according to the latest release of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Razorbacks have racked up 296 points to rank 25th in the first winter standings from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
In the classroom, the Razorbacks placed 34 student-athletes on the 2010 Fall Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. Six of the Arkansas’ Honor Roll selections earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages for the fall semester. That list consists of Clay Bemberg from the football team, soccer player Kailey Anders, Allie Chandler, Camille Flores, Beth McVean and Kelly O’Connor and volleyball player Mackenzie Rhea.
Earlier this semester, Razorback Athletics and Lift Up America teamed up with Tyson Foods, Inc. for a fifth-consecutive year to tackle hunger in Northwest Arkansas. During the day, University of Arkansas student-athletes helped unload and distribute 29,000 pounds of protein, donated by Tyson, to more than 55 of Northwest Arkansas Food Bank’s member charities.
Started by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) in 1987, National Student-Athlete Day is celebrated annually on April 6 in recognition of the accomplishments of student-athletes across the nation. National Student-Athlete Day honors those who have excelled on the field of competition, in the classroom and throughout their communities.