Hampton Pirate, Jakari Harris, Named George A. Christenberry Award Recipient

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Big South Conference announced today that Hampton University women’s golf team member Jakari Harris today as one of 10 recipients of the George A. Christenberry Award.  It is the most prestigious academic honor by the conference

The award is given to the male and female student-athlete who attain the highest GPA during their undergraduate collegiate careers.

Harris, a computer science major, carries a 4.06 grade point average, had her best three-round event at the recently completed Big South Championships with a 250 total and a season best round of 79.  She leads the team in scoring average at 83.

“I am so proud of Jakari Harris for being Hampton’s first Christenberry Award winner,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.   “These awards are very special in the conference and to have her earn one in our first season shows the type of student-athlete we aim for at Hampton University.”

“I would also like to extend my congratulations to Jakari Harris for being Hampton’s first George A. Christenberry Award winner,” said Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost for Hampton University.  “Earning this prestigious award from the conference reinforces the “Standard of Excellence” that has been a motto of Hampton University forever.”

Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female undergraduate student-athlete for the annual Christenberry Award.  The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference.  A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the league’s first President from 1983-86.

The award will be presented to Harris at the Spring Meetings on May 30 in Hilton Head, S.C.