FAIRFAX, Va. -
University of Connecticut sophomore swimmer Danielle Bordes (Alpharetta, Ga.) (on left) has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar Award, given by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The winner of the award will be announced on April 11 at the University of Richmond.
In addition, Bordes was named the national team winner in the sport of women’s swimming and diving in this year’s Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar special report while UConn junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) is the national winner for women’s ice hockey.
Each year Diverse: Issues In Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their community.
Bordes is a human development and family studies major with a minor in psychological sciences. She volunteers at the Manchester (Conn.) Area Conference of Churches, helping homeless people receive food and coordinating the maintenance of the facility. She also volunteered in a swimming breast cancer fundraiser as she coordinated the various operations of the event.
At UConn, she is the recipient of the Bank of America Endowed Athletic Scholarship.
Lum is a sports management major. She was active in seeking donations in the Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer, which included the door-to-door collections and staffing a booth in the UConn Student Union. She was also part of a Flashlight Reading Program at Verplanck Elementary School in Manchester and has worked a number of youth camps.
Lum was the leading scorer for the Huskies this past season with 29 points and 18 goals. As a sophomore in 2015-16, she played in all 37 games and was third on the team in points and was tied for second in goals.