April 4, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Hundereds of events around the nation will mark April 6, 2002, as the 15th annual National Student-Athlete Day, including activities sponsored by Santa Clara University in conjunction with the weekend's West Coast Conference baseball series against the University of San Francisco at Buck Shaw Stadium.
National Student-Athlete Day honors student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers and school systems that make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement. The day, established by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
President Clinton has saluted those involved in National Student-Athlete Day activities. In an open letter acknowledging the day, he wrote, "A healthy balance between sports and academics is essential to ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges of the future."
Santa Clara University is a NCAA Division I institution that has approximately 365 student-athletes in 17 intercollegiate sports. Bronco sports teams are annually among the most successful in the West Coast Conference and the women's soccer squad won the school's first-ever national championship in a women's sport last December.
"We are very proud of the complete experience that we are able to provide our student-athletes here at Santa Clara University," said SCU Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick. "Student-athletes are the core of our department's ability to move to national prominence both on and off the field. Certainly, we are proud of our athletic success. However, we have numerous student-athletes who excel in a variety of academic and community-related endeavors as well who deserve to be honored for their achievements."
Richard Lapchick, Director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society, said "Over the last fifteen years, National Student-Athlete Day has grown to enormous proportions with over 315,000 student-athletes being honored nationwide last year alone."
At Saturday's Bronco baseball game against USF, each Santa Clara sports team will be honored between innings. Student-athletes will be available for autographs throughout the game and a number of additional recognitions are planned.
For information on National Student-Athlete Day and Bronco baseball, contact SCU's Manager of Promotions and Community Relations Lindsay Amstutz at 408/554-4690.