Daniel Nguyen Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar
April 28, 2011
USC junior Daniel Nguyen has been selected among several standout student-athletes around the nation as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. The awards, established by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, has Nguyen tabbed as a Team Finalist for men's tennis, honoring the junior for his efforts as a back-to-back NCAA team champion with the Trojans as well as his accomplishments in the classroom and within the community.
A communications major with a 3.41 GPA, Nguyen is currently playing in the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. This season, he reached singles final of 2010 ITA Southwest Regional Championship and helped lead the Trojans to an undefeated finish in the Pac-10. Last year, he was named to 2010 All-Pac-10 Second Team and was selected as the 2010 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, notching the match-clinching singles win in the NCAA Championship match and also tallying four other singles wins during the NCAA Tournament. That year, Nguyen also was named to NCAA All-Tournament Team for No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles with JT Sundling. During the summer, he was picked as a member of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team, and also was a 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team selection for No. 6 singles.
Within the community, Nguyen has been active in JEP (Joint Educational Project) as a mentor to students at a local high school. He taught an 8-week Crisis of a Planet class to 9th graders and an 8-week exercise science class to 3rd graders. Also active in USC's Trojan Athletic Senate, Nguyen has also picked up academic honors with his 2010 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team award.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, all colleges and universities in the country are eligible to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. 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 an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
The current issue of Diverse features student-athletes who are charging ahead with academics and athletics. Two of these scholar-athletes -- San Jose State University gymnast Shanice Howard and North Carolina State University football player Russell Wilson -- were selected as Sports Scholars of the Year for best exemplifying the standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism. Diverse honors Arthur Ashe Jr. By recognizing these student-athletes and salutes Shanice, Russell and all of the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.