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2018 AASP Career Development Award recipients named

Grant recognizes student-athletes who plan to pursue careers in athletics

To support student-athletes’ career aspirations once they graduate from lower-resourced schools, the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program selected the second pair of recipients of the AASP Career Development Award.

Laadi Issaka of Mississippi Valley and Douglas Nover of Saint Peter’s will receive the grant for students who attend Accelerating Academic Success Program-eligible schools and plan to pursue careers in athletics. Issaka and Nover will have their travel costs paid to attend two NCAA developmental events — the Career in Sports Forum set for May 31-June 3 in Indianapolis and the AASP Conference on July 24-25 in Orlando, Florida.

AASP assists select Division I schools in developing programs and systems designed to increase graduation rates and ensure academic success. Issaka and Nover were chosen by an AASP committee composed of NCAA staff and membership.

“At the very core of the NCAA mission is the student-athlete,” said Tiese Roxbury, NCAA assistant director of research, assessment and academic success. “The AASP team is more than happy to highlight the academic excellence of our student-athletes, while also assisting with their career development.”

Issaka, who competed in women’s soccer, is an international student-athlete from Ghana, majoring in health, physical education and recreation. She has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of her campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Issaka led Division I in points per game and goals per game in 2016 and in assists per game in 2015.

Nover competes in men’s tennis and is majoring in business management while earning a 3.95 GPA. He is the president of his school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and vice chair of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference SAAC.