Syd'Quan Thompson Honored by NCAS for Academic Improvement

Nov. 13, 2009

BERKELEY - Cal senior cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson has been named one of 22 national winners of the Academic Momentum Award as part of the Scholar-Baller® Program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).

Thompson is a Social Welfare major scheduled to graduate in May of 2010. After a period on academic probation following his first year at Cal, his GPA improved to 2.995 during the spring of 2009.

He has also devoted much of his time to community service and public engagements. In the Social Welfare major, Thompson has worked with disadvantaged and homeless youth. He has also been involved with a Martinez school system program that brings disadvantaged children to the Berkeley campus, with the focus being to introduce kids to the idea that they can attend Cal. In addition, Syd has worked at a homeless dinner sponsored by the Newman Church on campus, where he plays with kids while their parents eat a meal provided by the church.

On the field, Thompson has been a standout for the Golden Bears, starting all 48 games possible over the last four seasons. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles (247), interceptions (7), passes defended (40), pass breakups (33, No. 2 all-time at Cal), punt returns (35) and punt return yardage (383).

The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is 'to create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.'

Established in 1995, the Scholar-Baller® movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete's athletic role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Schloar-Baller® developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes' passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar-Baller® program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.

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