Hampton University Athletics Awarded $675,000 NCAA Academic Success Grant

20150724529199HAMPTON, Va. – The NCAA has awarded the Hampton University Department of Athletics $675,000, over a three-year period, to continue the tradition of excellence on-and-off the field of play.

The NCAA Accelerated Academic Success Program (AASP) grant will provide resources to further enhance HU Athletics’ commitment to building leaders and champions and providing an education for life by funding additional academic advisors, graduate assistants and computer technology during team travel.

In the 2014-15 academic year, Hampton boasted 117 student-athletes who made the Dean’s List in the fall semester. In addition, 73 Hampton student-athletes were named Mid-Eastern Athletic All-Academic, and 42 student-athletes received their degrees.

Eleven Hampton student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honors society.

With the grant, Hampton will enhance the academic support for athletes.

“We have some very bright and gifted student-athletes who are already a source of pride for the University,” said Eugene Marshall Jr., Director of Athletics. “This grant will help us equip them with the tools and support to continue to excel.”

Hampton’s outline for the use of the grant is as follows:

Graduate Assistants: The Athletic Academic Support office will increase the number of graduate assistant positions.

Computers and Laptops: This grant will increase the number of laptops in the Athletic Academic Center and will also  be used to upgrade or replace, as necessary, desktop units in the Athletic Academic Center Learning Laboratory.

Travel: The grant will be used to allow academic coordinators, academic advisors, graduate assistants, and faculty members to participate in team travel in the “Classroom on the Road” Initiative.

For more information on the Hampton University AASP grant, please call HU Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall Jr. at 757-727-5651 or B. Da’Vida Plummer, Assistant Vice President for Marketing/Media, at 757-727-5253.