SAN ANTONIO (May 17, 2012) -- The 2012 Capital One Academic All‐District ® Women's At‐Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All‐America teams programs in 2011.
Leslie Cooper is Our Lady of the Lake University's award winner, She has been selected to the First Team in District 7. Cooper, a member of the Saints women's tennis team, is a sophomore at OLLU.
Student-athletes are nominated by the school's sports information director based on their excellence in the classroom while maintaining at least a 3.3 GPA, as well as success on the playing field.
Cooper is a graduate of San Antonio Holmes High School, and she is majoring in elementary education at OLLU. She has a cumulative 3.552 GPA out of a perfect 4.0.
The Academic All‐District ® teams include the student‐athletes from eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the first year of the expanded Academic All‐America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar‐athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All‐America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011‐12 DII and DIII Academic All‐America® teams program.
The Academic All‐District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America® Team ballot, where first‐, second‐ and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant