Five Broncbusters' athletics teams post 3.0 GPAs

1/17/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Garden City Community College athletics had five teams record 3.0 cumulative GPAs or higher in the fall semester.

Led by the baseball team's 3.37 GPA, according to a press release on Wednesday, the athletic program as a whole compiled a 2.74 GPA.

The other four teams above a 3.0 were softball (3.29), women's cross country (3.25), rodeo (3.22) and women's basketball (3.08).

"We are committed to building well-rounded individuals who are challenged each semester to excel in their academic endeavors as well as on the field, the court, the course, or the arena," GCCC athletic director Ryan Ruda said in the release. "We provide tutoring and study halls for all athletic teams and have a dedicated advisor for student-athletes. There is a computer lab in the Dennis Perryman Athletic center for them to work on assignments, online course requirements, and other academic programs."

The rest of the GCCC sports teams posted GPAs as follows: men's golf (2.88), men's basketball (2.81), men's cross country (2.68), volleyball (2.66), women's track (2.60), women's soccer (2.53), men's track (2.26), and football (2.22).

The release also stated that all athletic teams are required to conduct at least 10 hours of community service throughout an academic year.

"Civic leadership and character building are assets that we believe operate in tandem with teamwork, excellence in competition, and academic achievement," Ruda said. "In short, they describe the kind of student athletes who are our next generation of involved and productive citizens and business leaders."

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