Athletes continue to shine in the classroom
Not too long ago, the NCAA posted the graduation rates (Fall 2004) for its member institutions and although there's always room for improvement, Citadel fans should be happy with the results.
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Nationally, 62 percent of the student-athletes at I-A and I-AA member schools graduate as compared to 60 percent for all students at I-A schools and 57 percent at I-AA schools. At The Citadel, 72 percent of all students graduate while the number is at 71 percent for student-athletes.
At The Citadel, 19 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages, including Southern Conference wrestling heavyweight champion Keith Clifton. Additionally, 57 individuals recorded Gold Star (3.7 GPA) performances (29 the first semester; 28 the second), and All-Southern Conference first baseman Chip Cannon was included in this group. One hundred sixty-five (165) student-athletes earned Dean's List (3.2) citations (86 the first semester; 79 the second).
During the academic year, 19 student-athletes received national or Southern Conference academic honors:
"We're obviously proud of our cadet-student-athletes' successful work in the classroom," said Ed Steers, '68, associate athletics director/NCAA compliance and student services. "We knew that each one of them gives 100 percent on the fields of play, but we're even more proud of them for their work in the area that really counts."
In addition to giving their all on the various playing fields and in the classroom, each of The Citadel's intercollegiate teams completed at least one community service activity. These varied from the football players reading to elementary school children, to the rifle team working with the Habitat for Humanity, to the baseball players conducting clinics for elementary-aged children.
"Positive graduation rates not only mean that the student-athletes are doing the work in the classroom, but that our coaches are doing a tremendous job of recruiting true student-athletes to The Citadel," Steers said. "Our coaches deserve credit as well."