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Six Former Stanford Athletes Named Among NCAA's "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes"
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/16/2006

March 16, 2006

As a part of the NCAA's Centennial Celebration, a panel consisting of college and university presidents, athletics directors, NCAA committee members, conference office representatives, SAAC representatives and NCAA staff determined the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes.

Former Cardinal student-athletes Otis Chandler, Julie Foudy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Bob Mathias, Sally Ride and Tiger Woods were all honored for their professional accomplishments, athletics success and scope of achievement.

"The list of 100 student-athletes represents the best of what college sports and higher education bring to our society," said NCAA President Myles Brand. "Their collective positive impact serves as a model for today's student-athletes."

The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society. As part of the NCAA Centennial celebration in 2006, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will air two one-hour programs highlighting the 100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes. The shows will air March 15, 16, 22, April 20 and May 6, counting down student-athletes from 100 to 51 during Part 1 and 50-1 later in the evening during Part 2.

"The show is really featuring not just the accomplishments student-athletes had in competition, but it's their contribution to society as a whole that's really being celebrated," said John L. Johnson, NCAA Director of Promotions and Events.

Woods won the U.S. Amateur title in 1994-1996. He was Stanford's Male Freshman of the Year in all sports in 1995 and was named Jack Nicklaus College Player of the Year in 1996. He was the first person to be named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year more than once, in 1996 and 2000; and won the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. He founded the Tiger Woods Foundation in 1996, an organization to help empower young people to reach their highest potential by initiating and supporting community-based programs that promote health, education and welfare of all of America's children.

Shriver is the founder of Special Olympics, Mathias is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon and a former United State's congressman and Ride is the first U.S. female astronaut and the first American woman in space. Foudy won Olympic and World Cup gold medals as a member of the U.S. women's soccer team and was a member of the United State's Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, a panel which examined Title IX in 2002. Chandler is renown for being an innovator in the newspaper industry as the long time publisher of the Los Angeles Times.

"NCAA Centennial: 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes" Television Schedule


March 15 - 7 p.m. Part 1 (100-51), 8 p.m. Part 2 (50-1)
March 16 -- 6 a.m. Part 1, 3:30 p.m. Part 2
March 22 -- 11 p.m. Part 1
March 22 -- 6 a.m. Part 2
April 20 -- 12 a.m. Part 1, 1 a.m. Part 2
May 6 -- 8:30 a.m. Part 1,9:30 a.m. Part 2

The "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes" in alphabetical order are:

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem -- University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball
Ackerman, Val, University of Virginia, Basketball
Albright, Madeline, Wellesley College, Swimming & Diving
Alexander, A. Lamar, Jr., Vanderbilt University, Track
Alexander, Alpha A., College of Wooster, Basketball / Volleyball / Tennis / Lacrosse
Annan, Kofi, Macalester College, Track & Field/Soccer
Armacost, Michael H., Carleton College, Football / Basketball / Baseball
Ashe, Arthur, University of California, Los Angeles, Tennis
Auerbach, Arnold "Red", George Washington University, Basketball, Baseball
Berg, Patricia "Patty", University of Minnesota, Golf
Bird, Larry, Indiana State University, Basketball
Bradley, Bill, Princeton University, Basketball
Bradley, General Omar N., U.S. Military Academy, Football / Baseball Brown, James, Harvard University, Basketball
Bush, George H. W., Yale University, Baseball
Campbell, William "Bill" V., Columbia University, Football
Chandler, Otis, Stanford University, Track and Field
Cooley M. D., Denton A., University of Texas, Basketball
Cosby Jr., William "Bill" H., Temple University, Track and Field / Football
de Varona, Donna, University of California, Los Angeles, Swimming and Diving
DeFrantz, Anita, Connecticut College, Rowing
Dempsey, Dr. Cedric W., Albion College, Football, Basketball and Baseball
Dole, Robert J., Washburn University, Football / Basketball/ Track
Edwards, Theresa, University of Georgia, Basketball
Eisenhower, Dwight D., U.S. Military Academy, Football
Ford, Gerald R., University of Michigan, Football
Foudy, Julie, Stanford University, Soccer
Frazier, Herman R., Arizona State University, Track and Field
Gibson, Althea, Florida A&M University, Tennis, Basketball, Golf
Grange, Harold "Red", University of Illinois, Football, Track & Field and Baseball
Grier, Roosevelt "Rosey", Pennsylvania State University, Football and Men's Track & Field
Griffin, Archie, Ohio State University, Football
Hamilton, Thomas J., U.S. Naval Academy, Football / Basketball / Baseball
Hamm, Mia, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Soccer
Hastert, Dennis, Wheaton College, Wrestling
Hill, Calvin, Yale University, Football
Holland, Jerome "Brud", Cornell University, Football
Jackson, Rev. Jesse L. Sr., North Carolina A&T State University, Football
James Frank, Lincoln University, Basketball
Johnson, Ervin "Magic", Michigan State University, Basketball
Johnson, Rafer, University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball and Track & Field
Jordan, Michael, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Basketball Kemp, Jack F., Occidental College, Football
Kennedy Shriver, Eunice, Stanford University, Swimming, Track
Kersee, Jackie Joyner, University of California Los Angeles, Track and Field, Basketball
King, Betsy, Furman University, Golf / Basketball / Field Hockey
King, Billie Jean, Cal State, Los Angeles, Tennis
Knight, Phil, University of Oregon, Track & Field
Kraft, Robert, Columbia University, Football
Krzyzewski, Mike, West Point University, Basketball
Lawrence, William P., U.S. Naval Academy, Football
Lombardi, Vince, Fordham University, Football
Lopiano, Donna A., Southern Connecticut State University, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Field Hockey
Mathias, Robert B., Stanford University, Football / Track and Field
Meyers-Drysdale, Ann, University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball, Track & Field and Volleyball
Miller, Cheryl, University of Southern California, Basketball
Moses, Edwin, Morehouse College, Track and Field
Nicklaus, Jack W., Ohio State University, Golf
Nixon, Richard, Whittier College, Football
Ohene-Frempong, Kwaku, Yale University, Soccer / Track / Field
Owens, Jesse, Ohio State University, Track and Field
Page, Alan, University of Notre Dame, Football
Palmer, Arnold, Wake Forest University, Golf
Paterno, Joseph V., Brown University, Football and Men's Basketball
Payton, Walter Jerry, Jackson State University, Football
Reagan, Ronald, Eureka College, Swimming / Football / Track
Rice, Jerry, Mississippi Valley State University, Football
Richardson, Bill, Tufts University, Baseball
Richardson, Dot, University of California Los Angeles, Softball
Ride, Sally, Stanford University, Tennis
Roberts, Robin, Southeastern Louisiana University, Basketball
Robertson, Oscar P., University of Cincinnati, Basketball
Robeson, Paul, Rutgers University, Football, Basketball, Track
Robinson, Edward G., Grambling State University, College Football's Winningest Coach
Robinson, Jackie, University of California Los Angeles, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Track
Rockne, Knute, Notre Dame, Football, Track
Rudolph, Wilma, Tennessee State University, Track
Russell, Bill, University of San Francisco, Basketball
Samuelson, Joan Benoit, Bowdoin College, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field and Field Hockey
Schultz, George P., Princeton University, Basketball
Schwarzkopf, Norman, West Point University, Football/Wrestling
Shepard, Captain Alan B., Jr., U.S. Naval Academy, Crew
Smith, Dean, University of Kansas, Basketball
Smith, Howard K., Tulane University, Track and Field
Sorenstam, Annika, University of Arizona, Golf
Spock, Benjamin, Yale University, Crew
Staley, Dawn, University of Virginia, Women's Basketball
Staubach, Roger T., U.S. Naval Academy, Football / Basketball / Baseball
Summitt, Pat, University of Tennessee-Martin, Basketball
Sweet, Judith, University of Wisconsin, Badminton
Temple, Edward, Tennessee State University, Track and Field
Thorpe, Jim, Carlisle Indian School, Football
Tyus, Wyomia, Tennessee State University, Track and Field
Ueberroth, Peter, San Jose State University, Swimming / Water Polo
Walker, Leroy T., Benedict College, Football, Basketball, Track and Field
West, Jerry, West Virginia University, Basketball
White, Byron R., University of Colorado, Boulder, Football
Whitman, Meg, Princeton University, Lacrosse/Squash
Wooden, John R., Purdue University, Basketball
Woods, Tiger, Stanford University, Golf



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