Ole Miss To Celebrate National Student-Athlete Day On April 6

April 3, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - Hundreds of events around the nation will mark April 6, 2000, as the 13th annual National STUDENT-Athlete Day, including activities sponsored by the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss is sponsoring its annual National STUDENT-Athlete Day program, which is designed to recognize student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service involvement.

The keynote speaker for the University's program will be Ron Franklin, an Ole Miss alumnus and ESPN commentator. Franklin is the play-by-play commentator for ESPN's prime-time college football telecasts and Monday night's Big XII Conference basketball games. Since 1989, he has hosted "Sportsman's Challenge," part of ESPN's Saturday morning outdoor programing block.

"It is a great honor to have Ron Franklin back in Oxford, and especially to address our student-athletes," Ole Miss Athletic Director John Shafer said. "We are extremely proud to recognize extraordinary achievements by so many student-athletes in our program. These are exceptional young men and women."

National STUDENT-Athlete Day honors student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers and school systems who make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement. The day, established by Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport Society, is co-sponsored by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

President Bill Clinton has saluted those involved in the National STUDENT-Athlete Day activities. In an open letter acknowledging the day, he wrote, "A healthy balance between sports and academics is essential to ensuring that students are prepared for the challenges of the future."

Richard Lapchick, Director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society, said: "For its thirteenth anniversary, National STUDENT-Athlete Day continues to demonstrate all that is positive in the achievements of student-athletes."

 

 

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