Ohionameh Aregbeyen, BMCC Sophomore, Wins Arthur Ashe Award

BMCC men’s soccer sophomore Ohionameh Aregbeyen wins the 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award. “Ohi,” as he is known, led the men’s soccer team as a captain and maintained a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, colleges and universities in the country participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars.

In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. 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.

Ohi was born in the United States but he moved to Nigeria when he was a young boy. He returned to New York to go to college and was admitted to BMCC. He is a sophomore majoring in the Liberal Arts and intends to major in Physical Therapy when he transfers to American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has offered him a scholarship.

According to Kenichi Yatsuhashi, BMCC’s Soccer Coach, “Ohi is a bright student who is mature on and off the field. He’s an outstanding athlete with a unique skill in ball control. Ohi is a quiet person who leads the team by example and I often see him studying on our bus rides to and from games. It was my pleasure to see him mature during his two years with us and I’m happy to see that his hard work has been rewarded.”

Aregbeyen made the first team of Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars with an overall 3.97 GPA, second only to Jeffrey Stephen’s of St. John’s, with a 3.98. He bested other student-athletes from New York University, University of California, Irvine, University of Buffalo, Stony Brook University, among others.

Also, Aregbeyen was named one of four 2006-2007 “Scholar-Athletes of the Year” by the CUNY Athletic Conference. The four student-athletes will be honored at the 2007 Michael Steuerman Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16th at Baruch College.

Find out more about the Men’s Soccer winners at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars web site.