Ajami Gikandi, Men's Soccer, Connecticut College
A leader on the pitch, in the classroom and in the community, Ajami Gikandi’s contributions to Connecticut College and its men’s soccer program will not be soon forgotten.
A defensive captain in the Camel backfield, Gikandi helped lead the team to 10 wins in 2015 and the program’s second straight appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals. Gikandi and the Camel defensive corps posted eight shutouts.
Gikandi was recognized for his academic prowess on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Two First Team. He volunteered his time as a Big Brother in Unity House, Connecticut College’s Multi-Cultural Center.
Gikandi was honored as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine from 2014-2016. Diverse Issues in Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made academic and athletic achievement a winning combination. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, Diverse Issues in Higher Education invites every college and university in the country to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars.
In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Carrying a challenging major of biology, cellular and molecular biology, Gikandi was awarded with the Melissa Vail & Norma Selby Endowed Internship from Connecticut College. He was honored on the NESCAC All-Academic Team in each of his final two seasons of eligibility.