ATLANTA - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2015-16 SAA Man and Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation and Sewanee student-athletes Eric Roddy and Emily Javadi claimed the league's top awards.
The SAA Man and Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation are the highest honors the league bestows, and an event will be held on Sewanee's campus on June 13 to celebrate the recipients and their families. Roddy and Javadi are the fourth recipients of the prestigious honor and they each perfectly embody the spirit of the award with their incredible contributions to their respective campuses.
A senior from Chattanooga, Tenn., Emily Javadi is a true triple threat with her skills in the classrooom, community and on the golf course.
Javadi is a Biology major with a 3.54 GPA who has been a member of the SAA Academic Honor Roll every semester on campus. She parlayed her love of biology into community service when, during her junior year spring break, she spent a week in Haiti providing medical service.
On the links, Javadi has enjoyed success unlike any other women's golfer for the Tigers. She rose to No. 1 in the national rankings earlier this season and entered her fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament ranked No. 4. She won the 2016 SAA Women's Golf Player of the Year honor and has been an All-Conference First Team performer all four seasons of her career.
She has been named Academic All-America twice (2013, 2015) and was the NCAA Freshman of the Year in 2013. Currently, she's on the course competing in the 2016 NCAA Championships where she helped lead the Tigers' team to their first ever postseason appearance.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association's most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation and the SAA partnered last fall to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee comprised of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.
Sewanee sports information contributed to this report. Artwork provided by Laura McIntyre.
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