The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals has awarded its 2018 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award to a student at Georgia State University School of Public Health.
Ms. Crystal Lee, a rising senior and player on the Georgia State volleyball team, is among the five recipients of the national award, which honors students-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and emotional odds to achieve academic success.
The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) selected Ms. Lee for showing “incredible perseverance” in the face of personal tragedy.
“Prior to her junior year, the unthinkable happened when Lee’s mom took her own life,” N4A officials said. “With the support of family, friends and teammates, Lee has begun to share her story and be an activist for mental health. In an effort to continue her goal of assisting and supporting others in this way, Lee has elected to major in public health and will graduate with her degree in Spring 2019.”
The annual award is named after Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood illness and became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during the 1960 Summer Olympics. N4A, established in 1975, is a non-profit focused on enhancing opportunities for academic, athletic and personal success for student-athletes.
[Photo: Ms. Crystal Lee, recipient of a 2018 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award from
the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals]