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Twenty-Nine Student-Athletes Inducted Into Society of Character

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Feb. 13, 2003

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky inducted 29 student-athletes into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character during halftime of the UK-Georgia men's basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11. The football team leads the list with eight members, while 18 of UK's 22 sports had at least one student-athlete inducted.

The Society of Character is part of the University of Kentucky's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. It is designed to help student-athletes realize the value of higher academic achievement, a higher level of maturity, self-responsibility and greater overall success. The Society was founded in 1998 to recognize those individuals who epitomize the term "student-athlete." Each candidate is nominated by a counselor, coach, trainer or manager and then evaluated on five criteria:

  • commitment to academic excellence,
  • commitment to athletic participation,
  • commitment to personal development,
  • commitment to being a role-model, and
  • commitment to preparing for the world of work.

    The mission of the Society of Character is:

  • to recognize student-athletes who have achieved and continue to achieve a high level in all areas of their life,
  • to bring together these high achieving student-athletes for interactive programs:
  • to further enhance the high achieving student-athletes' best interests and well being,
  • to promote continued interaction with other organizations.

    Each candidate nominated for election into the Society of Character must meet the following requirements:

  • must have completed a minimum of 30 hours prior to nomination,
  • must have a competitive grade-point average,
  • must demonstrate a commitment to their academic success as well as to personal development, career development and service activities.

    This year's class includes:

    Student-Athlete            Sport
    Tayo Agboke                Football
    Lyndsey Angus              Softball
    Jed Bassett                Football
    Aaron Boone                Football
    Leigh Bradwell             Women's Tennis
    Daniel Burnett             Football
    Melody Cook                Rifle
    David Freeman              Track & Field
    Kelli Frost                Swimming & Diving
    Eva Gessner                Women's Golf
    Julia Gore                 Gymnastics
    Otis Grigsby               Football
    Antonio Hall               Football
    Nikki Jones                Softball
    Anne Koester               Volleyball
    Robert Krukoski            Rifle
    Kara McCue                 Women's Soccer
    Lindsey Meagher            Rifle
    Thomas Morgan              Track & Field
    Ronnie Riley               Football
    John Robinson              Football
    Hunter Spencer             Track & Field
    J.D. Stephenson            Men's Soccer
    Gordon Tyler               Baseball
    David Waespe               Baseball
    Brooke Walters             Women's Soccer
    Roger Watkins              Swimming & Diving
    Matt Wells                 Men's Golf
    Bradley Wheeldon           Rifle
    

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