April 27, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Kevin Parrom has been named one of the winners of the 2012 Wilma Rudolph Award, the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) announced this week.
The N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award is intended to honor student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.
A 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior guard/forward from the Bronx, N.Y., overcame the loss of his grandmother and a gunshot wound to his right leg on Sept. 23, while visiting his mother who was in the final stages of a battle with cancer to average 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 20 appearances (one start) this season before breaking a bone in his foot on Jan. 28 and missed the remainder of the season.
"The most important thing was making my family proud and I wanted to attend school and get a shot at making my dream come true by playing professional basketball in the NBA and getting my college degree for not only myself but for my mother," said Parrom in the award nomination's personal statement. "Despite the losses I have gone through, I remain committed to my team, coaches, academics and my friends and family. Everything I do is to make those around me proud of my accomplishments, on and off the court."
It is the second career accolade for Parrom, who was named the Fiesta Bowl Basketball Classic most valuable player in 2010.
Parrom is one of multiple winners who will be honored at the N4A national convention in Buffalo, N.Y.