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The 7 Year Milestone: Celebrating the Anniversary of the ScholarBaller® Patch Contributors: Lindsey Mauro and the SB Team September 1, 2011

September
1,
2011
will
mark
the
7th
year
anniversary
for
the
introduction
of
the
Scholar
 Baller®
(SB)
Patch
in
a
Division
I
athletic
contest
to
acknowledge
student‐athletes
success
in
the
 classroom.
While
the
VIP
list
of
invitees
and
supporters
of
SB
included
Dr.
Myles
Brand,
Dr.
Bernard
 Franklin
(was
actually
present),
and
cultural
entrepreneur
Russell
Simmons,
all
contributed
with
 written
letters
and
other
stamps
of
approval.
What
made
this
night
so
unique?
This
was
the
first
team
 to
have
its
athletic
uniform
in
the
history
of
intercollegiate
athletics
to
have
the
ThinkMan®
patch
 worn
by
Arizona
State
University
(ASU)
student‐athletes
in
a
football
game
versus
University
of
Texas
 at
El
Paso
(UTEP).
At
this
inaugural
game,
29
student‐athletes
donned
the
logo
signifying
their
 academic
achievements
of
receiving
a
3.0
or
higher
the
previous
academic
year.
ASU
beat
UTEP
41‐9,
 but
the
scoreboard
did
not
depict
the
real
victory
that
day.
By
the
2004‐2005
academic
year
ASU
had
 an
all
time
high
of
41
student‐
athletes
to
earn
this
Scholar
Baller®
recognition.

 Since
2004,
Scholar
Baller®
has
worked
with
over
50
NCAA
institutions,
40
community
 colleges,
and
15
high
schools
to
help
bring
education
to
the
forefront
of
sports
and
entertainment.
 Jean
Boyd,
Sr.
Associate
Athletic
Director
and
Co‐
Founder
of
Scholar
Baller®,
describes
his
early
 experience
with
the
organization.
“When
we
introduced
the
concept
of
the
Scholar
Baller®
Paradigm
 to
the
ASU
Football
student‐athletes
in
2001,
there
was
an
immediate
energy
associated
with
“ballin”
 out
in
school.
From
2001
forward
we
saw
every
measurable
academic
statistic
improve
with
our



football
program
culminating
in
over
50
Scholar
Ballers®
after
the
2005‐06
academic
year.
The
 highlight
though
was
first
having
Coach
Dirk
Koetter
agree
to
allow
us
to
put
the
patch
on
the
jersey,
 and
then
seeing
history
made
when
29
players
wore
them
in
competition
in
the
2004
ASU
versus
 UTEP
game.”
This
day
also
marked
a
huge
milestone
for
Scholar
Baller®
Co‐Founder,
Dr.
C.
Keith
 Harrison.
“To
collaborate
with
my
colleague,
mentee
and
best
friend
Jean
Boyd
in
making
history
in
 terms
of
becoming
the
first
ever
academic
recognition
patch
worn
on
NCAA
athletic
team
apparel
and
 during
an
athletic
contest,
is
a
dream
come
true.
The
fact
that
we
bridged
theory
and
practice
with
the
 cultural
identity
challenges
of
today’s
student‐athlete
took
some
much
resilience
and
courage.”
Dr.
 Harrison,
President
and
C.E.O.
Scholar
Baller®
has
seen
the
organization’s
movement
evolve
over
the
 past
7
years.
The
SB
team
looks
forward
to


future
years
in
which
they
will
continue
to
inspire
 student‐athletes
by
redefining
what
is
cool
in
the
sports,
entertainment
and
society.
To
stay
 connected
with
Scholar
Baller®
follow
us
on
Twitter
@ScholarBaller
and
on
Facebook
at
 ScholarBaller.
Visit
our
website
at
scholarballer.com
for
more
information
on
how
to
partner
with
SB.








The 7 Year Milestone: Celebrating the Anniversary of the ScholarBaller® Patch