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Vienna, W.Va.—Ohio Valley University’s Men’s Basketball team, along with members of both Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams, received well-earned recognition for the special effort they gave to excel in both academic and athletic achievement. Congratulations go out to all these scholar-athletes and their respective coaches, Mike Snell and Luis Rincon.

Ohio Valley University’s Men’s Basketball team recently received the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award. The NABC published this notice on its website:

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the sixth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season. The NABC invites you to share the success of these student-athletes on social media using the hashtag #NABCTeamExcellence. In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2017-18 season.

Two outstanding student-athletes in OVU Men’s and Women’s Soccer programs are also being recognized for their 2017-18 season performance as well. Senior Carlos Rubio was a finalist for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Rubio is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Freshman Kontina Giannou was a finalist for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she would have qualified as a finalist for the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, but GMAC rules prohibit freshmen from being eligible.

The outstanding efforts demonstrated by these scholar athletes reinforces OVU’s determination to help all students develop the entire range of talents they have been given.

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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.