May 29, 2012
North Carolina's Kristin Aloi, Michelle Ikoma and Taylor Brown have been named to the 2012 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Roster. A total of just 14 gymnasts were honored from across the country and UNC represented three of the 14 student-athletes.
For Taylor, it is the second consecutive season she has been honored as an Arthur Ashe award winner. A native of Durham, N.C., Brown recently completed her senior season at UNC. She competed in all 11 events, primarily on vault and floor exercise. She scored a season-high 9.825 on the vault at the EAGL Championships.
Ikoma, a native of Naperville, Ill., returned to the Tar Heels' lineup in 2012 after missing the 2011 season with an Achilles' injury. She was part of the vault rotation and posted a season-best 9.75 on floor vs. Maryland.
A rising junior from Winston-Salem, N.C., Aloi captured individual championships on the vault and floor exercise against George Washington. She posted a season-high 9.875 on the floor against the Colonials and a 9.800 on vault in meets vs. George Washington and Ohio State.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and community activism.
To be considered, students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.