NFL Superstar Mike Martz to Address Mesa College Scholar Athletes

With 10 men's and 10 women's competitive teams, San Diego Mesa College has one of the largest competitive community college athletic programs in Southern California. The annual STAR Awards recognize the academic achievement, community spirit, and athletic excellence of Mesa College student athletes.

PHOTO OPS: All the hoopla of an athletic event, except these athletes – representing 20 different sport teams – are celebrating academic achievement.

When/Where:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Mesa Gym, 12:45-2:00pm

Who:   More than 250 are expected to attend. Scholar athletes and teams will receive awards for highest GPA and community spirit. One athlete will receive the SuperStar Award.

Keynote Speaker:  Former San Diego Mesa College tight end Mike Martz, himself a scholar athlete, will give the keynote address. From Mesa, Martz went on to the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Fresno State University, and graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972. Martz is best known as the offensive coordinator behind the St. Louis Rams high-powered 1999 team that won the Super Bowl. As a head coach in the NFL Martz was 56-36 in 5⅓ seasons as the St. Louis Rams head coach. He won two division titles, had four playoff berths including a NFC championship and a trip to Super Bowl XXXVI.

What:   Awards are given in a variety of category including highest individual and team GPAs, team community spirit award, team attendance award and more. According to athletic director Dave Evens, student-athletes at Mesa College have a 34% transfer rate to 4-year institutions. "We are very competitive in all intercollegiate sports as members of the Pacific Coast, Orange Empire, and Foothill Conferences," notes Dave Evans, Dean of Physical Education, Health Education and Athletics.

Why:  San Diego Mesa College strives to help our student-athletes to excel on and off the field, and especially in the classroom. Student academic progress is monitored by both the Mesa Athletic Department and the MAAP Counselor through routine progress reports. These progress reports are conducted three times during each semester to assure students are attending class and working towards completing their educational goals.

The Star Awards program is presented by the Mesa Academic and Athletics Program (MAAP) at San Diego Mesa College, which assists student-athletes in achieving their educational, career and personal goals.

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