Accolades for football capt. Joe Rollins

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July 11, 2014

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement in the spirit of the late tennis legend.

To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.

Rollins, who graduated in May, was a Green Terror football team captain and running back. A studio art major with a specialization in graphic design, he was awarded both the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior and the John A. Alexander Medal as the top male athlete.

During his time at McDaniel, he volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, mentored middle school students at Westminster’s East Middle School, served as a guest reader for Read Across America at Westminster Elementary School and participated in Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County’s annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraising event.

Rollins was a student visitor to the McDaniel Board of Trustees, a member of the student athletic advisory committee, and served on search committees for the athletic director and head football coach positions. In addition, he has used his artistic talent to paint designs in various campus locations and designed a T-shirt to promote McDaniel’s partnership with Africa University.