Six Carey Athletic Teams Named as NAIA Scholars

Kansas City, Mo. July 15, 2013 - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 898 programs have been named 2012-13 NAIA Scholar-Teams. William Carey University was well represented with six programs selected as a NAIA Scholar Team.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all varsity student-athletes listed on the Official NAIA Eligibility Certificate.

Women’s Tennis led the way for WCU with a 3.62 GPA. Other Carey scholar teams include softball (3.55), women’s soccer (3.28), women’s cross country (3.16), men’s tennis (3.09), and men’s soccer (3.02). Four other WCU programs just missed being selected as a Scholar-Team. Those programs were: Women’s Golf (2.99), Men’s Track & Field (2.98), Men’s Basketball (2.97) and Women’s Track & Field (2.93).

Overall WCU athletics posted a 3.06 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year.

“The inclusion of six of our athletic teams in the NAIA scholar team recognition is further evidence of the quality of Carey’s education programs,” said WCU president Dr. Tommy King. “WCU operates its athletic programs in the true spirit of “Scholar-Athletes” with the emphasis on “scholar.”

“We are extremely proud of our academic achievements this past year,” stated Athletics Director Steve Knight. “It shows a certain amount of discipline, dedication and character to be successful both on and off the field of play.”



Pictured is the William Carey University women's tennis team, who were one of WCU's six athletic teams selected as a NAIA Scholar Team. Women's tennis led the way with the highest GPA of Carey teams with a 3.62.