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(Billings, Mont.-excerpts from www.naia.org) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 141 Division 1 Women's Basketball student-athletes have been named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, including Dillard University Lady Bleu Devils forward Keona Favis (SR/Shreveport, La.), who earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the second straight year. Favis was the only Dillard University basketball player (male or female) to earn such honors.
"I am very honored and blessed to be the only Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete basketball player from Dillard," said Favis, who graduates from the University in May and then will head to Life University in Georgia to pursue a doctorate degree in Sports Chiropractic.
"I can say that it is truly a blessing because juggling athletics and academics was very difficult, but to me it was a grind. I made it essential to get everything done no matter where I was regardless of the situation," Favis explained.
The Shreveport, La. native is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and understands that giving back is what it is all about.
"I want to pursue my career in Sports Chiropractic because I feel that it is essential to help others physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. From experience with my own injuries, I want to give back to the community by starting a showcase program for recovered athletes and try to help them achieve their dream of being a college athlete," said Favis.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
"I enjoy what I do, and me personally, I always try to do it to the best of my ability," said Favis.
She currently boasts a 3.8 cumulative grade point average.