Announcing the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male and Female Athlete of the Year

Announcing the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male and Female Athlete of the Year

2021-04-06 15:31:15


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FAIRFAX, Va. – Diverse: problems in higher education magazine is pleased to announce the Arthur Ashe Jr. male and female athlete of the year 2021.

Male Winner 2021: D'Eriq King, University of Miami, Football

  • Daniel Do, Stockton University, Track / Cross Country, 1st Runner Up
  • Paolo Marciano, Adelphi University, football, 2nd runner-up
  • Jeronimo Valdepena, California State University San Bernardino, football, 3rd runner-up

2021 Female Winner: Mariah White, Cleveland State University, Basketball

  • Jessica Drop, University of Georgia, Track / Cross Country, 1st Runner Up
  • Chanel Thomas, University of Mississippi, Soccer, 2nd runner-up
  • Lena Greene, Oregon State University, Gymnastics, 3rd Runner Up

As its name implies, the annual Ashe edition is part of the magazine's quarter-century legacy to recognize young and outstanding minority men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits.

In addition to their athletic skills, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars 2021 will maintain a cumulative average of at least 3.5, be at least a sophomore academic and operate on their campuses or in their community.

Of the nearly 1,000 academic athletes nominated, Diverse: problems in higher education King and White named Arthur Ashe, Jr. Male and Female Sports Scholars of the Year 2021 for the best example of the standards of science, athletics and humanitarianism.

king, an elder, was named one of the four team captains prior to this season. He averaged 48.9 yards per game and had 4 hasty touchdowns. He is also an honorable mention of the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and has been recognized three times as their Quarterback of the Week. Off the field, he has been involved in numerous social justice initiatives and community service projects. In the fall of 2020, he received the Graduate School's Award of Academic Merit for his 3.8+ GPA in Liberal Studies.

White, a senior, leads the Horizon League with an average of 19.5 points, and 2.5 steals, per game this season. She was named the 2019-2020 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, earning All-League honors as a sophomore and junior. In addition to achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.64 in math education, she is an active participant in the Horizon League's #OneHL working group – created to bring about meaningful change and action on social issues across the competition. She is also a member of the Cleveland State Athletics Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee where she is the student athlete representative.

Both athletes balance community service and the rigors of NCAA intercollegiate play of the highest level with top-level academic achievement – they will be profiled in the April 29, 2021 edition of Diverse. Please visit our home page on April 29 to view a copy.

Issued since 1984, Diverse: problems in higher education is the nation's only news magazine devoted exclusively to diversity issues in higher education. Visit online at


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