The University of Tulsa's Rachel Thun, a sophomore soccer student-athlete, and track & field senior All-American Bryce Robinson have been recognized as recipients of the 2015 Academic Momentum Award, as announced today by The Scholar Baller program and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).
A total of 53 collegiate student-athletes, including 28 first-team selections, 16 named to the second team and nine to the third team. Thun earned first team honors while Robinson is a third-team selection. Thun has a 3.0 grade point average in psychology while Robinson maintains a 3.4 GPA in exercise and sports science.
Thun, from Oklahoma City, Okla., has started in 38 of 40 career games while scoring 45 points on 15 goals and 15 assists. In 2015, she tallied seven goals, including three game-winning scores, and eight assists for 22 points. Thun earned first-team American Athletic Conference honors, as she ranked second in the league in assists and seventh in goals and points scored.
A seven-time All-American, Robinson, from Edmond, Okla., won two of those All-America accolades during the 2016 indoor season by finishing eighth in the 60-meter dash and in ninth-place for the 200m dash. He had season-best times of 6.62 in the 60m and 20.63 in the 200m. Robinson has claimed three indoor American Athletic Conference titles and two outdoor crowns in his career.
Nominees were categorized into three teams based on each student athlete's academic improvement and the impact each student athlete's academic performance had on his/her classmates, teammates, academic advisors, and professors.
Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller ® movement evolved in response to concerns that the student athlete's athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller ® developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes' passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller ® program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.