2005 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Scholar-Athlete Team
Philadelphia Junior Rachel Wilson recently earned a spot on the 2005 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Scholars Women’s Team. The Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.) graduate is currently pursuing an English degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and just completed her third year as a member of the Penn women’s basketball team.
Wilson earned a second-team nod for not only the work and effort she puts forth on the court, but for the dedication she has shown and the success she has had in the classroom. The Washington, D.C. native had her most productive season in the Red and Blue in 2004-05. She saw action in 13 games and provided support on the offensive and defensive glass.
Black Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, every college and university in the country was invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism.
Under first-year head coach Pat Knapp, Penn finished the season with a 15-12 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Ivy League. The Quakers faced nationally ranked opponents on various occasions and earned multiple Big 5 victories for the first time in program history. The Red and Blue lose five seniors to graduation and will need to replace three starters from this year's squad in 2005-06.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications