Berkeley College Student-Athletes Recognized During USCAA Fall Championship Banquet

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Photo Caption A: Student-athletes of the Berkeley College Soccer and Cross Country teams attend the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) Fall Championship Banquet in Virginia Beach, VA, on November 10, 2016.

Student-athletes from Berkeley College’s Soccer and Cross Country teams were honored during the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) Fall Championship Banquet, held in Virginia Beach, VA, on November 10, 2016. The evening celebrated accomplishments made by the Conference’s high-performing student-athletes in both the classroom and on the field.

Kimberly Acevedo of Brooklyn, NY, and Amanda Ekornes of Sykkylven, Norway, from the Women’s Cross Country team; and Ali Dawha of Abuja, Nigeria, and Salim Drammeh of the Bronx, NY, from Men’s Soccer team earned All-American and All-Academic recognition at the banquet. Mr. Dawha also was selected as a First Team USCAA All-American, the first Berkeley College soccer player to earn the award.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for our student-athletes, and especially for Ali, as he became the first Berkeley College soccer player in the history of the institution to be tabbed as a First-Team All-American,” said Stavros Zomopoulos, Head Coach, Men’s Soccer team. “Salim is also a very hard worker on and off the field. He puts plenty of time into his studies, and he is very much deserving of being named an All-Academic All-American.”

“Amanda and Kimberly are two of the hardest-working student-athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach, and it is tremendous to witness their hard work pay off right before my very eyes at the banquet,” said Adam Rosen, Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams.

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Photo B: Cross Country runners Kimberly Acevedo (Left) of Brooklyn, NY, and Amanda Ekornes (Right) of Sykkylven, Norway, receive All-American and All-Academic recognition at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) Fall Championship Banquet in Virginia Beach, VA, on November 10, 2016.

The Berkeley College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in their first contests in the USCAA National Championships on November 11, 2016.

“This was a great couple of days for the Cross Country teams, and this trip to Virginia Beach will be a memorable experience for all the student-athletes that were here,” Coach Rosen said. “I feel that we are starting to establish a winning culture based on the season that we just had. I am very proud of all of the hard work that the student-athletes put in his season, and their commitment from the summer up until now has been evident all season long.”

The New Jersey Men’s Soccer team, which entered the 2016 USCAA National Men’s Soccer Tournament as the No. 9 seed, also competed in its first contest on November 11, 2016, against Dean College. The team’s quest for a National Championship came to an end the following day after being defeated by Florida National, capping its historic season at a 10-8 record.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate, and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

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