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Parrott Intramural Award Honors Two Seniors For Devotion To The Program

February 27, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

The Davidson intramural sports program recently presented its highest honor, the David Parrott Memorial Scholarship, to two seniors for their service to amateur athletic competition.

Parrott Award winners
(l-r) Andy Blanton, Stephanie Hunter, and Parrott Award founder, Dr. Larry H. Parrott '56

Jacob A. "Andy" Blanton from Newton, N.C., and Stephanie M. Hunter from Melvin Village, N.H., were honored at the halftime of Davidson's February 17 basketball win over Citadel. Blanton has won the award in each of the previous two years, and Hunter was named as this year's winner. Each student received a $500 tuition grant.

The award was made in person by Dr. Larry H. Parrott '56 of Camden, S.C. He established the award in 1989 in memory of his son, David H. Parrott, who loved sports and died of cancer at age fourteen in 1982.

Blanton and Hunter helped administer a program that involves more than 700 Davidson students in fall sports, and 350 in the spring. During the fall, more than 500 students played intramural "flickerball," Davidson's razzle-dazzle version of tag football. Competition was also held in small field soccer and three-on-three basketball.

This spring there are thirty-six teams competing in five-on-five basketball, nine teams in small field soccer, and seven in coed volleyball. Teams generally represent first-year halls, fraternities, eating clubs, and other campus organizations.

In addition to the intramural program, more than 425 student participate in seventeen club-level sports programs which compete against other colleges and universities.

A history major, Blanton is the son of John Blanton of Claremont, N.C., and Denise Robertson of Newton, N.C. He has served as Athletics Intramural Council president, and helped direct the five-on-five basketball and co-ed volleyball intramural program for the past four years. He also played on the varsity football team, and was a Big Buddy to two children in the Davidson community. Blanton is enrolled in the ROTC program, and will report to Ft. Sill, Okla., in the fall to attend Field Artillery Officer's Basic Course.

Hunter is the daughter of Cy and Marsha Hunter of Melvin Village, and is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. A psychology major, she has been a work-study student in the intramural office and helped with the administration, officiating, and promotion of the intramural programs throughout her four years at the college. She has been an active participant in intramural flickerball, three-on-three basketball, and five-on-five basketball. She is also a four-year starter on the women's lacrosse team.

Winners of the Parrott Award since its inception are:
1989 Larry Sledge Jr. '89
1990 Joseph D. "Josh" Wheliss Jr. '91
1991 Cordell T. Jones '92
1992 Carla A. Davis '93
1993 Christopher J. Shields '94
1993 Richard H. "Rick" Thurmond '94
1994 Christina B. Knox '96
1995 Ashley S. Tabb '96
1996 Kathleen E. "Nini" Nelson '98
1997 Tehnaz N. Parakh '98
1998-1999 Seth C. Alley '99
1999-2000 J.A.N. "Andy" Blanton '01
2000-2001 J.A.N. "Andy" Blanton '01
2000-2001 Stephanie M. Hunter '01

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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