DURHAM, N.C. – Duke track and field junior Jaida Lemmons was named a 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, as announced by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
With over 1,000 student-athletes nominated around the country, the DeSoto, Tex., native earned track & field honorable mention honors.
Haley Clark of the Georgia women’s basketball team and Blaise Taylor of the Arkansas State football team were honored as the 2018 Arthur Ashe, Jr., Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award honors undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr., recipients demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership in addition to their athletic ability and academic performance.
Lemmons has received ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition in each of her first two years as a Blue Devil, while majoring in English with a minor in African American Studies. She participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program, a collaborative service initiative between Duke and Stanford. As a member of the ACE program, Lemmons traveled to India over the summer of 2017 to teach English in schools in under-resourced and under-privileged communities, in addition to volunteering at an abandoned persons home for people of all ages.
Along with taking part in the ACE program, Lemmons also spent time last summer as an intern at the Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Duke Law.
On the track, Lemmons has earned a pair of All-ACC honors, earning First-Team All-ACC in the heptathlon at the 2017 ACC Outdoor Championships and Second-Team All-ACC honors in the pentathlon at the 2018 ACC Indoor Championships. Lemmons is fifth all-time at Duke with 3,783 points in the pentathlon and third in school history in the heptathlon with 5,397 points. She recently served as co-host for Duke Athletics’ annual STARS event and won the Unsung Hero award.
On campus, Lemmons has been active in both the Duke Law Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Duke and ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Council. In addition, she has served as an ACTION mentor, counseling first-year student-athletes and is a member of the Athletes in Action Leadership team. Lemmons also served as
Lemmons and the Blue Devils open the postseason when they travel to Miami, Fla., for the ACC Outdoor Championships starting on May 10.