UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Spider Baseball's D.J. Lee not only excels on the diamond, but also in the classroom and in the community. On April 11, Lee was recognized on a national scale as he was named a 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate student of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement. Inspired by tennis legend Ashe's commitment to education and excellence on the tennis court, institutions across the country nominate outstanding sports scholars annually. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be included, students have to compete in intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and be at least a sophomore academically, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Lee, who posts a 3.59 cumulative GPA in Business Administration, was honored with the award at a luncheon at the Jepson Alumni Center. Former Spider football star and NASA astronaut, Leland Melvin, was the keynote speaker for the event.