Chattman Named to Academic Momentum Award First Team

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ORLANDO. Fla. – Texas A&M defensive back Clifford Chattman was selected to the Academic Momentum Award First Team, as announced by the Scholar Baller program, in conjunction with the Institute for Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ). Chattman was the only student-athlete from the Southeastern Conference on the first team.

Chattman, who recently completed his junior year academically, is majoring in recreation, park and tourism science at Texas A&M. The New Orleans native saw action in 12 games for the Aggies as a true freshman in 2016 before redshirting as a sophomore. Chattman is poised to be a key contributor in the upcoming 2019 season after missing last season due to injury. A total of 66 student-athletes were recognized and categorized into three teams based on academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete’s academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors, and professors. A total of 23 male and female award recipients from ISSJ partner schools were selected for the Academic Momentum Award First Team, 19 recipients were chosen for the Second Team, and 24 recipients were selected for the Third Team.

Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller​®​ movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete’s athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller​®​ developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes’ passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller​®​ program produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.

First Team Academic Momentum Award recipients:

Chloe Angelini​, Monmouth University, BS Political Science, Track & Field
Kenji Bahar, ​Monmouth University, Business Administration & Management & Decision Sciences, Football
Kerry Blackshear Jr.​, Virginia Tech, Public Relations, Basketball
Tyler Bowling​, University of Tulsa, Management, Football
Davon Brown​, Florida Atlantic University, Public Safety, Football
Anthony Bumpass​, University of Cincinnati, Sports Administration, Baseball
Clifford Chattman​, Texas A&M University, Recreation, Park & Tourism Science, Football
Jeffrey DeVaughn​, University of Maine, Student Development in Higher Education, Football
Austin Dickey​, University of Louisville, Sport Administration, Baseball
Elissa Frein​, Adelphi University, Communication, Field Hockey
Zyon Gilbert​, Florida Atlantic University, Public Safety Administration, Football
Gabrielle Green​, Loyola Marymount University, Fine Arts, Basketball Ahmed Hill​, Virginia Tech, Leadership Studies, Basketball
Hayley Jackson,​ West Virginia University, Multidisciplinary, Cross Country & Track & Field
Sukhi Khosla​, Oklahoma State University, Economics, Track & Field
Destiny McIntosh,​ St. John’s University, Television and Film Production, Fencing Team
Jamuni McNease​, University of Oklahoma, Education in Adult and Higher Education, Basketball
Maranda Mills, ​University of Louisville, Criminal Justice, Track & Field
Taze Moore​, California State University Bakersfield, Child, Adol & Fam Studies, Basketball
Skylar Mosel​, Georgia State University, Criminal Justice, Softball
Carsyn Spurgeon​, University of Tulsa, Nursing, Track & Field & Cross Country
Tron Talton​, University of Louisville, Communication, Track & Field
Malik Williams​, University of Louisville, Communication, Basketball

Second Team Academic Momentum Award recipients:

Hosea Barnwell, ​Florida Atlantic University, Public Safety, Football
Kendyl Brooks​, Virginia Tech, Human Development, Basketball
Kyle Clinton​, Georgia State University, Exercise Science, Soccer
Sandy Cole - Dement​, West Virginia University, Multidisciplinary, Cross Country & Track & Field
Ricquelle Farquharson​, University of South Florida, Psychology, Soccer
Lana Fulcher​, Georgia State University, Criminal Justice, Track & Field
Alexis Gibbons, ​University of Louisville, Exercise Science, Track & Field
Tiril Haga, ​Florida Atlantic University, Multimedia Studies and Journalism, Soccer
Elisha Holmes,​ Florida Atlantic University, Business Management, Soccer
LaTashia Jones,​ Oklahoma State University, Health Education & Promotion, Basketball
Albert Kosgei,​ University of Louisville, Exercise Science, Cross Country & Track & Field
Crystal Lee​, Georgia State University, Public Health, Court Volleyball
Danielle Powers​, Adelphi University, Environment, Field Hockey
Sydney Riggs, ​Florida Atlantic University, Communication Studies & Sociology, Volleyball Justin Robinson​, Virginia Tech, Communication Studies, Basketball
Alyssa Tetzloff​, Auburn University, Psychology, Swimming & Diving
McKenzie Vaughn,​ University of Louisville, Biology, Rowing
Jamaria Williams​, Florida Atlantic University, Criminal Justice, Basketball
Kai Young​, Virginia Tech, Public Relations, Volleyball

Third Team Academic Momentum Award recipients:

Alexandra Addington, Georgia State University, Human Learning Development, Soccer
Chris Alleyne, Columbia University, Economics, Football
Ashley Bauchert, Georgia State University, Managerial Science, Beach Volleyball
Nahir Berrios Laguerre​ North Carolina State University, Food Science, Volleyball
Katherine Cavanaugh, Columbia University, Biomedical Engineering, Field Hockey
Brad Dalke, University of Oklahoma, Communication, Golf
Chyanne Dennis, University of South Florida, Pre-Management, Soccer
Jameka Dowell, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Multidisciplinary Studies, Basketball
Petra Duran, Georgia State University, Biological Science - Pre - Med, Golf
Ashley Granger, Louisiana State University, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gymnastics
Erin Gregoire, Columbia University, Earth Institute, Cross Country
Coleman Grubbs, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Criminal Justice, Baseball
Kevin Huynh, Georgia State University, Computer Science, Tennis
Amanda Karabin, Florida Atlantic University, Exercise Science, Soccer
Savanna Kim, Loyola Marymount University, Psychology, Swim
James Kyles, Georgia State University, Psychology, Golf
Francesca Minali, Georgia State University, Sport Administration, Basketball
Devin Mitchell, Georgia State University, Journalism, Basketball
Damira Muminovic, Georgia State University, Global Studies, Tennis
Kalen Puckett, Georgia State University, Health & Physical Education, Baseball
Stephen Sammartino, St. John’s University, Marketing, Lacrosse
Chris Sibilia, Georgia State University, Sport Administration, Football
Will Tischler, Loyola University Chicago, Criminal Justice, Volleyball
Audrey Tomlinson, Georgia State University, Nursing, Cross Country