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Adonal Foyle To Be Inducted Into CoSida Academic All America Hall Of Fame®

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Here is the official word from the Orlando Magic:

"ADONAL FOYLE TO BE INDUCTED INTO CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HALL OF FAME®BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Former Academic All-America® basketball standout Adonal Foyle, ’99 of Colgate University, joins a pair of former Academic All-America® football selections, Dr. James Kovach, ’78 of the University of Kentucky and Dewey Selmon, ’76 of the University of Oklahoma, and Connecticut College rowing star Anita DeFrantz, ‘74 as this year’s inductees into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame®.The four honorees will join 108 previous inductees as members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame®, which was created in 1988. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at CoSIDA’s annual workshop in San Francisco, California on July 6.“The CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame® represents everything we all believe college athletics can be and the Class of 2010 certainly lives up to that standard,” said Justin Doherty of the University of Wisconsin, the 2009-10 CoSIDA President. “These four individuals were high achievers as student-athletes and continue to make a positive impact on society to this day. They each add something special to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame® and CoSIDA is very proud to recognize their extraordinary contributions.”Adonal Foyle, Colgate, ’99: A two-time Academic All-America® selection who earned first team honors in 1997 and second team notice in 1996, Adonal Foylefinished his career as the NCAA record holder with 492 blocked shots. A three-year starter for the Red Raiders, he averaged 20.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.7 blocks per game before leaving school after his junior season for a career in the National Basketball Association.As a junior, he enjoyed his finest season when he averaged 22.0 points per game. During his career at Colgate, he was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 1995 and the Patriot League Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997. Foyle was also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award.Foyle continued to work on his degree while playing in the NBA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Colgate in 1999, graduating magna cum laude. As a junior in 1997, he was a Wooden Foundation Second Team All-America and earned numerous conference and national academic awards.A 13-year veteran of the NBA, Foyle is currently a member of the Orlando Magic. He joined the Magic after playing his first 10 seasons for the Golden State Warriors. In 733 professional games, he has 1,193 blocked shots, 3,461 rebounds and 2,989 pointsA winner of numerous Sporting News NCAA Community Assist Awards, he has been very active in the community, especially his native Caribbean home of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  He started Democracy Matters in 2001, and in 2006, Foyle founded the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps empower children of the Eastern Caribbean as well as the United States to navigate life’s challenges including illiteracy and economic hardship.CoSIDA established the Academic All-America Hall of Fame® in 1988 with the purpose to honor former college student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial contributions to their community. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a candidate must have been an Academic All-America® team member who graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination.For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com."

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