Junior men's tennis player Nathan Robinson has garnered a prestigious academic award from the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi College of Business. Robinson earned the Dr. Robert McMinn Economics Award for having the highest GPA of all juniors majoring in economics. Robinson, who is working on a double major in economics and finance, has a perfect 4.0 GPA in economics at the Island University.
"We're incredibly proud of Nathan," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "For a guy that's had so much success in Division I athletics to have the highest GPA in his major is amazing. I think Nathan is a student-athlete in every sense of the word."
Robinson went 1-1 on the court this season as he battled injuries throughout the year, but is expected to play the No. 6 singles position for the Islanders in the upcoming Southland Conference Men's Tennis Championships this weekend in San Antonio. During the 2010 season, Robinson earned a 10-7 record while going 4-0 in Southland Conference matches to earn the Southland Newcomer of the Year award.
"This award speaks volumes about Nathan's character and dedication," said Moore. "He's making a 4.0 while spending 20 hours a week practicing, lifting weights and missing a lot of class when we travel, which makes him have to be even more dedicated.
"It's no accident; I've seen that young man studying in the van with the dome lights more hours than I can count."
In addition to his athletic and academic accomplishments, Robinson is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has led the organization in several volunteer efforts, including volunteering with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the Halloween Carnival benefitting the Corpus Christi Boys and Girls Club, the Toys for Tots toy drive and the Samaritan's Feet shoe drive.