Feb. 5, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – UCF student-athletes Camille Everett (rowing), Josh Reese (football) and Erica Winston (women's track and field) have been recognized by the Scholar Baller Program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). The three Knights were recognized with third-team recognition from the Academic Momentum Award program.
The intention of the award is to recognize student-athletes who have demonstrated significant improvement through their collegiate careers and reward student-athletes who have demonstrated the ability to "balance textbooks with playbooks."
Everett is a senior from Queens, N.Y. She is an interdisciplinary studies major. Everett has been a member of the Knights' second varsity eight boat throughout her sophomore and junior seasons. Reese is a red-shirt sophomore wide receiver from Miami, Fla. He played in all 14 games last season, with 11 receptions for 122 yards. Reese saw action in 11 games with five starts in 2011, catching 30 passes for 461 yards and two scores. Winston is a junior middle-distance runner from Long Beach, Calif. She was asecond-team All-Conference USA performer during the 2012 indoor season and scored points as an individual for UCF at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships with an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters. Winston is also a member of the 4x800 relay team that broke a school record at the 2012 Florida Relays.
The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher eduation, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is to create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the appeal of sport to positively affect social change.
The Scholar Baller movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete's athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, founding members of Scholar Baller developed its program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes' passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.