Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gift from trustee helps honor accomplishments of 2013 graduate

An important piece of Randolph College’s athletic legacy is now on permanent display in the Randolph Athletic and Dance Center. Replicas of two trophies won by Colton Hunt ’13 for his athletic and academic accomplishments were donated to the College.

Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman presents Colton Hunt ’13
with the NCAA Division III Academic All America Award
At the end of his senior season on the Randolph College Men’s Basketball Team, Hunt was awarded the Jostens Trophy, which recognized him as the top scholar-athlete in NCAA Division III men’s basketball. That summer, he was named the top athlete in all of Division III sports and winner of the Division III Academic All America award, also recognizing his academic and athletic achievements.

An economics major, Hunt was a standout guard on the men’s basketball team, becoming the first male student-athlete at Randolph to reach 1,000 career points. He graduated at the top of his class with a 3.95 GPA.

Don Giles, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and his wife Francis Giles ’65, a trustee emerita, recently donated a replica of Hunt’s Jostens Trophy to the College.  It is displayed, alongside a replica of his All-America award, outside the basketball court in a trophy case donated by Jamerson-Lewis Construction.

During halftime of the men’s basketball game against Shenandoah University on Saturday, February 22, Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman formally presented Hunt with the All America award. He also presented the Gileses with a certificate of appreciation for their gift. Although representatives of Jamerson-Lewis Construction were unable to attend, they were recognized during the halftime event.

“This wonderful gift will provide us the opportunity to showcase not only the amazing individual accomplishments of Colton, but also the ideals and characteristics we value in Division III athletics and Randolph College,” said Tina Hill, director of athletics. “This is just the start of our vision to celebrate the success of many of our student-athletes. Displaying this award in the main lobby area will be a daily reminder for everyone, to stay focused, work hard and be the best we can be.”