|Student-athletes honoured for academic success|
TORONTO- Ryerson's brightest student-athletes were on-hand September 25 at the President's Platinum Breakfast, an event hosted by University president Sheldon Levy. The event took place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre's alumni lounge where student-athletes were recognized for their contributions in the classroom.
Thirty-one student-athletes in total were recognized for their achievements throughout the course of the 2011-12 season. On hand at the event were Levy, athletic director Dr. Ivan Joseph, university dignitaries, family members and Ryerson Rams student-athletes and coaches. Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) academic all-Canadian awards and Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Academic Achievement awards were given to student-athletes that maintained an average of over 80 per cent for the entire academic year.
Levy believes the recipients are building the university's reputation. "The fact that we (university) both support the student as an athlete, but more important, the student as an academic, allows us to be able to build the university," said Levy. "These students are amazing and help build the reputation of the university."
Joseph, who was a professor for 15 years before coming to Ryerson, says academics is the most important part of being a student-athlete. "It doesn't matter the amount of championships we win, I get more satisfaction and prestige when I can talk about how many academic all-Canadians are at Ryerson and who has gone on to grad school, who has gone onto become a CEO," said Joseph.
In total, 17 Rams received the CIS academic all-Canadian award, an increase of 10 athletes from the 2010-11 season, while 14 received the OUA Academic Achievement award, an increase of five from the year before.