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Student "Excellence in Action"

On the field,

During the 2008–09 school year, baseball, men’s and women’s golf and gymnastics advanced to NCAA tournament play, while women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and men’s wrestling scored team points through individual advancement to NCAA competition. All told, eight Golden Flash teams combined to win a total of 10 Mid-American Conference championships (six tournament, four regular season).  Kent State earned its fourth Reese Trophy for overall men’s athletic excellence in the conference, while the women finished second in the Jacoby Trophy standings.

in the classroom . . .

Kent State athletes excel in the classroom as well. Eleven of the university’s athletic teams finished the spring 2009 semester with a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher; 206 student-athletes achieved a term GPA of 3.0 or higher during spring 2009; in the past 10 years, 93 percent of student-athletes who completed their athletic eligibility graduated; and our football team leads the Mid-American Conference with a graduation success rate of 78 percent.

Austin Briggs
. . .  and in their communities.

Austin Briggs is a man on a mission. He is spearheading a campaign to convince Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to stay in Cleveland.

James, who declined to sign a contract extension with the Cavs last year, becomes a free agent on July 1. Briggs, a 23-year-old junior entrepreneurship major at Kent State University, wants to send James a message: It is important for the region and the state that he remains with the Cavaliers. Briggs and partner Brittany Neal, a Kent State sophomore, founded to rally support for their cause.

“I believe that LeBron James is a great role model, phenomenal athlete and catalyst to the economy of Northeast Ohio,” said Briggs, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. “This campaign focuses on the fan's perspective. So far, we have heard the opinions of sports anchors, radio hosts, news reporters and analysts, but nobody has been listening to the fans. Our message is aimed directly at LeBron James.”

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