Fourteen of the 16 Tabor College varsity athletic teams have earned the NAIA Scholar Team Award for their academic efforts during the fall and spring semesters of the 2013-14 year.
Each team must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the academic year in order to receive this award.
Vice president of intercollegiate athletics Rusty Allen said: ?Part of the mission of the athletic department is to support learning. Our coaches work hard to impress upon their athletes the importance of excellence in the classroom. God has blessed us with talented athletes and students. I am proud of our coaches and players and look forward to continued academic excellence.?
The Tabor football team is one of only four football teams in the NAIA to have won this award during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Head coach Mike Gardner said he is proud of his guys for their hard work off the field.
?This is a great accomplishment, and something we?ve been striving for since I returned four years ago,? Gardner said. ?I?m proud we have been able to attract players who have bought in academically to Tabor College and their futures apart from football.
?It?s been great to work with these guys and see a lot of winning on the field and in the classroom.?
President Jules Glan?zer attributed success in the classroom to the outstanding academic staff.
?These awards are a tribute to our coaches, student success office, athletic administration and faculty for working with our athletes helping them succeed both in the classroom and on the court and field,? Glanzer said. ?I am especially pleased that our football team is one of the teams receiving the award. With that many players on the varsity, it becomes more difficult to achieve a high team GPA.
?I want to thank the academic administration for their work in crafting an attendance policy that I am sure helped with this academic success.?
Frank Johnson, vice president of academics, said the student-athletes are to be commended.
?God continues to bless Tabor College,? he said. ?What a thrill to see the collective success of these student-athletes and their coaches. I am truly grateful for all who have contributed to this achieve?ment on the competitive field/court as well as the classroom.?