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Lady Flames' Branco Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar
Established by Diverse Magazine, the Sports Scholars Awards honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. The magazine unveiled the teams in its April 2007 edition.
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, the awards not only honors a student-athlete's athletic ability, but academic excellence and community activism as well. Students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and are active on their campuses or in their communities in order to be named to a team.
Branco, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently completed her second season of competition with the Lady Flames' women's tennis team. A member of both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 Big South Conference Presidential Honor Rolls and the Liberty Dean's List each of her four semesters, Branco currently holds a 3.90 GPA, while majoring in government and international relations.