IUK COUGAR ATHLETICS HOSTS ANNUAL ‘CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS’ BANQUET

IU Kokomo senior student-athletes (class of 2016). Photo provided

IU Kokomo senior student-athletes (class of 2016). Photo provided

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo hosted its annual Celebration of Champions Banquet, honoring its student-athletes as the 2015-2016 campaign winds down. During the banquet, several awards were presented to recognize the hard work of the program’s top performers.

“This afternoon is truly about our student-athletes and their amazing achievements this year,” said IUK Athletic Director Greg Cooper. “All of the awards were voted on by the student-athletes.”

Awards were presented for work on the court, in the classroom and in the community. It was noted that five of the seven varsity teams finished the fall semester with a 3.15 grade point average or higher, three student-athletes had a GPA of 4.0, 37-percent had a GPA of 3.5 or higher and 42 had a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The KIAC champion volleyball team earned the Chancellor’s Cup for having the highest team GPA.

BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Keeana Walton, volleyball

COMEBACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Dejianna Butler, women’s basketball

COMMUNITY CARE IMPACT AWARD

Women’s basketball team

COUGAR COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

Diana Tenbrook of Solidarity Community FCU

COUGAR PRIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

Casey Colgate, volleyball

Christian Smith, men’s basketball

LEGACY AWARD

Jerome Campbell, men’s basketball

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

David Kelly, men’s basketball

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Lindi Thomas, volleyball

SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE RECOGNITION

(Volleyball) Rachel Allen, Cortney Hanson; (cross country) Amy McCauley, Javier Vasquez; (basketball) Jerome Campbell, David Kelly, Nick Teeter; (golf) Derek Glass, Kelsey Crabtree.

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