Thompson Receives Arthur Ashe Jr Sports Scholar Award

Photo by Christian Payne
Photo by Christian Payne

(Fairfax, Va.) - Dickinson track & field standout Naji Thompson (Springfield, N.J./Oak Knoll) was named as a 2019 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award winner, presented by Diverse Issues In Higher Education magazine.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.

Thompson had an outstanding career in track & field for the Red Devils. She captured a pair of Centennial Conference titles in the 60-meters at the indoor championships, adding titles in the 200 and with the 4x200 meter relay in 2017.

She won the 100-meters at the 2017 outdoor championships, adding silvers in the 200 and the 4x100 relay. She captured bronze in the 100-meters in 2019 after studying abroad in 2017-18. Thompson earned multiple All-Region honors during the 2017 outdoor season and was All-Region indoors in the 60-meters this past winter.

Thompson graduated with a double-major in Africana studies and anthropology. She was featured in the Dickinson Alumni Magazine in the 2019 winter issue. You can read that story here.