Athletics News
Redbird Student-Athletes Shatter Academic Records
Redbird football player Sam Yeargin volunteers his time at Glenn Grade School recess
Redbird football player Sam Yeargin volunteers his time at Glenn Grade School recess

Jan. 24, 2006

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State student-athletes are proving that they have both brains and brawn as the Athletic Department achieved the highest GPA mark ever, 2.93, for the Fall 2005 semester. This new department record bests the former mark of 2.91 set in the Fall of 2004.

But the records don't stop there. More Redbird student-athletes (201) were named to the AFNI Honor Roll in the Fall semester than ever before. The former record of 175 was also set in the Fall of 2004.

"A combination of the student-athlete's hard work, along with the commitment to excellence by the coaches, faculty and administration helped our athlete's break these records," said Jane Widger Fulton, assistant athletics director of academics and life skills. "We are also very blessed to have a passionate and dedicated staff at the study center that works closely with our student-athletes and helps motivate them as they strive to achieve their academic and community service goals. Again, none of these accomplishments would have occurred without this combined teamwork."

The Illinois State volleyball team set the record for the highest GPA among women's athletics teams with a 3.22. Just behind was the Redbird women's soccer squad, which set a team personal best mark with a 3.21. The soccer team's previous record-high was 3.13 set in the Spring of 2001.

On the men's side, the teams combined to post a 2.80, the highest mens' teams GPA since the Fall of 2004. The Illinois State men's tennis team set a team personal best mark of 3.04, which was also the highest GPA of all the men's sports teams. The men's basketball team also broke the team record, posting a 2.81 GPA, besting the former mark of 2.75.

In addition to breaking several academic records in the Fall 2005 semester, the Redbird student-athletes logged over 1,000 community service hours. Typically a goal for an entire school year, Illinois State student-athletes volunteered their time with various organizations to reach the 1,000 hour mark in the five short months of the Fall '05 semester.

Fulton believes to truly be an outstanding student-athlete the individual must make contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

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