Athletic Director Honor Roll
We love to report on all the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports, including the off-the-field accolades. Well, especially the off-the-field accolades. There is much more to a student-athlete and their life than playing sports.
In April 2020, the NCAA released a study that there are over 480,000 student-athletes at the various levels of DI, DII, DIII, etc, and as one of their slogans says, "A majority of student-athletes will go pro in something other than sports."
Succeeding after college is important and part of that begins with passing classes and graduating. In the fall 2021 semester, 511 UofL student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. The only qualification is to have a 3.0 or better for the semester. As a whole, UofL student-athletes averaged a 3.359 collective GPA for the fall of 2021.
At a team GPA of 3.760 for the fall of 2021, UofL Field Hockey led all teams.
Although we like to report the joyous side of things, sometimes we need to call out the negative, including Louisville's interim president Lori Gonzalez. The Courier-Journal released a report yesterday focusing on Dr. Gonzalez threatening to discipline faculty and staff for trying to hold online classes and sessions if they're scheduled to meet in person.
In a time when sports are going on COVID-19 pause, JCPS has transitioned to online temporarily, and multiple universities in the state of Kentucky have postponed the start of the semester or transitioned to online temporarily, why does it make sense to threaten your employees for wanting to take of their own well-being and the well-being of the students?
Many UofL community folks are stuck in quarantine due to a positive test or from contact tracing. It's not exactly easy to stay caught up with schoolwork and assignments when you physically can't be in class.
Many faculty and staff have already pushed back with multiple department chairs making statements that they will support their employees and go against the University's wishes, even if it results in disciplinary action.
Like hellooooo, COVID-19 is far from over. We all want it to be over, but it's not and cases continue to grow on a daily basis. We have to take precautions to protect people.
But let's move onto something on the brighter side. I typically just share UofL sports photos on here, but my photography skills go well beyond that. Occasionally, I do work with some UofL student-athletes on personal photoshoot work, often times when graduation season rolls around, but some of them also want other photo work done. Over the weekend, I got to work with another UofL student-athlete. I'll share a couple photos below and let you guess who it is before telling you.
Did you guess her name right? Here's some hints: her team recently won another ACC title and advanced to the Final Four. She's a defensive specialist. She hails from Assumption High School. If you give up, here's the answer: Alexa Hendricks. Hendricks, who is #4 for UofL Volleyball, just finished her junior season with the Cards.
Our wonderful athletes really do clean up nice off the field/court/pitch and it's nice to see them and interact with them in a setting outside of NCAA competition.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!