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Stanford's Lemons, Arizona's Menefee earn Pac-12 Leadership Award

Nov 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Robbie Lemons, a 2014 graduate of Stanford’s basketball team, and Erin Menefee, a 2014 graduate of ARIZONA’s cross country and track & field teams, have been named recipients for the 2014 Pac-12 Leadership Award, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. 

Lemons, a native of Carmichael, Calif., graduated with a degree in economics and is enrolled in graduate school studying public policy. He was a two-time first-team All-Academic selection and was also the recipient of the Peter Sauer Most Inspirational Player Award in 2013-14. A two-year member of Stanford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Lemons was the Executive of Student Welfare on the committee, and also served as the co-director of external relations for the Stanford basketball team, coordinating community service activities and public relations for the team. He volunteered for Peace Players International in Agros, Cyprus, where he coached children from both Northern and Southern Cyprus, two territories embroiled in conflict. Lemons also received Honors Court accolades from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Stanford Alumni Award of Excellence. 

Menefee, a native of San Diego, Calif., graduated with a degree in nutrition and a cumulative grade point average of 3.98, earning summa cum laude honors. The 2014 Arizona Student-Athlete Valedictorian, she was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team honoree for both cross country and outdoor track & field, and a two-time MPSF All-Academic first team recipient for indoor track & field. She is enrolled in graduate studies at San Diego State University looking to earn a doctorate of physical therapy. Athletically, Menefee was a member of the 2013 Pac-12 Champion, West Regional Champion and national runner-up cross country team. The two-year member of Arizona’s SAAC was the cross country representative on the committee, and also volunteered with C.A.T.S. Community Service, Project FOCUS, Vineyard Church Nursery and the FeelGood Non-Profit Club. 

The Pac-12 Leadership Award is selected by members of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship designed to recognize leadership and service on student-athlete advisory committees at Pac-12 member institutions. Applicants were required to be in their final year of intercollegiate athletics eligibility during the 2013-14 academic year and were on track to graduate in the 2013-14 academic year when nominated.