– The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced that 29 University of South Carolina Aiken student-athletes are recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level.
A total of 155 institutions and a record number of student-athletes (6,949) are being recognized for the 2013-14 Academic Achievement Awards. For the second straight year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Association had 679 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program, followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 653 student-athletes being recognized and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with 632 student-athletes being acknowledged with this award.
"As our Association continues to strive to recognize the outstanding student-athletes in our division, we would like to thank and congratulate the institutions that took part in honoring the 2013-14 Academic Achievement Award winners," stated D2ADA President Eric Schoh
, director of athletics at Winona State University. "This award gives the D2 ADA an additional 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
dues paying member of the D2ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
- have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters of college level work
- have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year
The D2ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division 2 athletics directors. For more information about the D2ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com
. The D2ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th
year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com
Overall, nine schools in the Peach Belt Conference were recognized and the Pacers produced the third-most recipients. Collectively, the league had 220 student-athletes on the list.