Elisha Hande Finalist for 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award
March 13, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va. – Junior Elisha Hande of the NC State women’s tennis team has been chosen as one of 16 female finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award as announced by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine on Thursday.
Hande was selected from over 600 outstanding minority student-athletes who were nominated for the prestigious honor.
The Sports Scholars Awards were established by Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; and are active on their campuses or in their communities.
Hande, who carries a 4.0 GPA with a major in economics and a minor in German, received the Atlantic Coast Conference Community Service award in 2012 and 2013 for her work in the planning and organization of the Winter Chill Special Olympics Tennis Tournament – a tournament for special needs athletes in and around the Raleigh area.
Hande has also been a mentor at A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh for the past two years while also taking the time to speak to over 100 students and parents at St. Timothy’s Middle School about perseverance through challenges in sport.
On the court she is a two-year letter winner, having led the Wolfpack with 20 singles wins last season. She also tied for the most dual doubles victories with 14, a year after earning a national ranking as a doubles player in 2011-2012.
This year, she is tied for second on the team in singles victories while also playing in the No. 1 doubles slot for the Pack.
Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson won the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year in 2011.
The winners will be profiled in the April 10, 2014 of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.