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CHAPEL HILL - - AAA Carolinas has joined the North Carolina High School Athletic as a presenting sponsor honoring high school athletes who achieve academic excellence, AAA Carolinas and the NCHSAA announced today.
AAA will be the presenting sponsor of both the regional and the state basketball championships and also will be sponsoring the Association's popular Scholar-Athlete program, according to North Carolina High School Athletic Association Commissioner Davis Whitfield.
The program awards North Carolina high school athletes who display exemplary academic performance.
"We are excited to have AAA on board as part of the Association's corporate partner family," said Whitfield. "It is a outstanding organization that enhances the quality of life in our state in a number of ways, and we're sure their involvement will enhance our basketball tournament championships as well as our Scholar-Athlete program. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship."
"There is no more cherished resource than our youth, and by encouraging academic excellence among student athletes, we have a chance to honor and promote the leaders of tomorrow," said Dave Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas, who added he hoped AAA’s involvement would help increase participation in the NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete program.
The NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete program, one of the Association's most popular voluntary programs, recognizes excellence in the classroom as well as on the playing court or field. The program includes recognition of varsity teams that attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.
Individual Scholar-Athletes attain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester in which he or she competed. The award is based on first semester grades for fall and winter sports and second semester grades for spring sports, and the school submits the nomination form verifying the grade point average on behalf of the athlete or team.
In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA for that designated semester. The school receives a certificate honoring the accomplishment and each member of the squad also receives a certificate.
The teams with the top GPA's in the state in their respective sports are recognized at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting in May and will receive a plaque from AAA and NCHSAA.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, was founded in 1922 as a not-for-profit organization that now serves more than 1.8 million members with travel, automobile and insurance services and is an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.