LOUDONVILLE, NY - Scott Kim of men's golf, Ryan Ghaderi of men's lacrosse, Madison Obata of water polo have been named three of the 37 team winners for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award as announced by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. Kim was also announced as a Top-20 semifinalist for the 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.
In order to be considered for this prestigious award, the nominee must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.2 and be active in their campuses and communities.
The sport winners were chosen from over 1,200 student-athletes, while the semi-finalists were picked from over 1,000 nominated student-athletes. The Saints three honorees are tied for the most with the University of Memphis. Five other schools had two student-athletes named as Sport Winners. The sport winners will be published Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine April 6, 2017 edition in a special report, while the semifinalist will be profiled for the issue.
Kim has been a part of the men's golf program at Siena all four years. He has finished all three MAAC Tournaments with the best finish on the team. The River Edge, New Jersey native sunk the decisive putt on the first playoff hole at the 2016 MAAC Championship that helped the Saints claim the MAAC Championship Title. He also took part in the NCAA Tucson Regional with the Saints.
An accounting major with a cumulative 3.66 GPA, Kim has been named to the MAAC All-Academic Team once. He is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Kim has gone and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House twice this year. At the Ronald McDonald house he has helped create meals for families with children in the hospital.
Ghaderi, a senior defensemen on the men's lacrosse team has appeared in 33 games for the Saints over his three year career. He is now ranked eighth in program history with 27 caused turnovers. The Ridgewood, New Jersey native has played and started in every game this season for Siena. He has caused 10 turnovers and picked up 13 ground balls in 2017.
In the classroom as a philosophy major, he has a 3.55 cumulative GPA and achieved a 3.57 GPA during the fall semester. Ghaderi was named the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Sport Semi-finalist. He has been named both a MAAC All-Academic Team and Academic Honor Roll selection the last two seasons. He also completed volunteer work with Immokalee Workers in both Florida and Chile and is a graduate of an Outward Bound Program. Ghaderi is the co-president of Phi Sigma Tau International Honors Society in Philosophy.
Obata, a senior utility player on the water polo who has played in 86 games for the Saints in her four year career. She has seven goals and 13 assists for Siena. Last season, the Honolulu, Hawaii native recorded four goals and five assists for a .364 shooting percentage.
She has a 3.42 cumulative grade point average in English. Obata has been named to the MAAC All Academic Team once. She is the SAAC President for the 2016-17 school year. She has participated in multiple community service events this year. The Water Polo team went to Camp Challenge Ride and Run to help volunteer at the event by handing out water and cheering on the participants. She then participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Obata has been to the Ronald McDonald House twice this year.
A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. Each year Diverse: Issues in Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in the community.