Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks athletic department will honor four members of the campus community on April 3 at 12:00 a.m. in Seay Cafeteria as part of the NCAA's month-long National STUDENT-Athlete Day celebration.
<#IMAGE:1#>Ozarks will be among hundreds of universities and high schools around the country celebrating and recognizing collegiate and high school athletics during the month of April. Ozarks’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) has chosen four members of the campus community to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to student-athletes. 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." 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 2,224,692 student-athletes being honored nationwide since 1997. It has truly become America’s Day to honor student-athletes." Ozarks has some 130 students participating in varsity athletics.