Athletics and Academics can be at odds sometimes. Time spent for matches and road trips means less time spent studying and in the classroom. However, for several of the athletic teams at St. Catharine College excellence in the classroom comes naturally. Every school year the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) offers an academic award that is based upon the team grade point average rather than individual classroom performance.
Those teams that qualify are named NAIA Scholar Teams. In order to qualify for the award, the varsity roster for the sport in question must have maintained a 3.0 GPA as a group for the entire academic year. For the second year in a row,the Patriot Women’s Soccer team has earned this distinction with a 3.21 team GPA for the 2013-14 academic year.
“This is an honor for our program and is a goal that we have for our team every year. We are proud to have earned this award two years in a row and we are excited that 11 other teams on campus have earned this distinction as well,” says Women's Soccer Coach Paul Patton.
The Women's Soccer team and the rest of the St. Catharine student athletes will begin their journey once again to qualify for individual and team academic awards when fall classes resume at St. Catharine College on August 13, 2014.