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06-23-2016, 07:39 AM
Tombari, Brown Receive Academic Momentum Awards

Have both shown academic growth at Gonzaga


June 21, 2016


ORLANDO, Fla. - Gonzaga women's soccer's Christie Tombari and baseball's Sam Brown have been named recipients of the Academic Momentum Award as announced by the Scholar Baller program in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).

The Academic Momentum Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated significant academic improvement throughout their collegiate careers and honors student-athletes who have demonstrated the ability to balance textbooks with playbooks. As starters of their respective teams, Tombari and Brown have demonstrated significant academic improvement throughout their collegiate careers. Both are active members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C) and have successfully proven the ability to balance time in the classroom and on the field.

Pursuing a degree in business administration, Tombari maintains an impressive 3.25 GPA. Like most freshmen there was a semester-long adjustment to the demanding life of a student-athlete for Tombari. Since then, she has worked hard to improve her GPA by dedicating several hours a week to academic endeavors. She worked her way up to the President's List (3.7+ GPA) for both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters as a redshirt junior. Tombari now proudly holds a 3.25 cumulative GPA heading into her senior year with no intention of slowing down.

After beginning his collegiate athletic career at the University of Arizona, Brown decided to transfer in the fall of 2013 to GU and immediately knew he had made the right decision. New to Gonzaga and the baseball program, Brown too spent his first academic semester at Gonzaga adjusting to the school's academic rigors. Knowing that semester did not embody his abilities as a student, he reflected on what he wished to accomplish while at GU, first and foremost hoping to receive a degree that would provide him with a lifelong career and one that he would love. Brown came to the realization that he was happiest when he was involved in physical activity and education. Following that first semester, Brown has since flourished in his academic endeavors. Now a redshirt junior, Brown has been on the President's List twice, in spring of 2014 and fall of 2015. He reached the Dean's List (3.5-3.69 GPA) in the fall of 2014 and now posts a cumulative GPA of a 3.51, raising it high above the GPA of his first semester.

Tombari and Brown both exhibit effort and excellence in academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, dedication to the team, and the ability to serve as a role models for current and future GU students and student-athletes. Both Zags are tireless leaders on and off the field and the GU community is excited to see what the 2016-17 season holds for these outstanding Bulldogs!


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/student-services/spec-rel/062116aab.html)