More than 400 student athletes qualified as Red and Black Scholars, signifying a 3.25 or better cumulative grade-point average. Students were encouraged to invite a faculty member who has had a significant impact on their academic success.

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Provost Shirley Willihnganz addressed the crowd in the UofL Spirit Room.

The day’s activities also included presentation of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day Award to Elaine Wise, chair of the Division of Humanities and faculty athletics representative to the NCAA.

Wise was recognized for her years of service to the athletic department, and particular to women’s athletics.  As a member of the Committee on Academic Performance, she was one of the founders of the Red and Black banquet in 1997.

Since 1987, National Girls and Women in Sports Day has recognized sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.