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Succeeding On and Off The Field

Photo by: Michael Lin
A student stands on a podium as he is showered with applause and receives a medal.

Fresno City College student-athletes have to be enrolled with 12 credits and have at least a 2.0 GPA in order to keep playing their sport.

Balancing both school and sports life can be tough, but FCC student-athletes
are performing better than non-student athletes.

The Associate Dean of Athletics at FCC, Derrick Johnson works closely with student-athletes and understands their drive to succeed in all aspects of their life.

“On average, we perform at a higher rate, we take more units, and we pass more units,” Johnson said.

He states that the general GPA of student-athletes is 2.9 compared to the rest of the student’s GPA of 2.6.

With some schools that these players want to transfer into do require a 3.0 or better. The idea of getting into their next athletic program pushes them to achieve their best in the sport and as well as in school.

“They have to excel in the classroom too, they have to present,” Johnson said.

If student-athletes keep performing well in all areas, it will make the district better as a whole and will impact how funding goes toward the school.

FCC hosted a Torch of Excellence Banquet on May 1 for student-athletes and
their academic achievements.

The Rams Football Head Coach Tony Caviglia was proud to have about half of his football players be honored at this event.

“We have close to 50 football players that have a 3.0 or better,” Caviglia said.

Caviglia believes good academics go hand-in-hand with sports and hold the
same amount of value. When students go above and beyond at school they deserve their recognition.

“You can’t have the sport without the school,” Caviglia said.

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This is Jimmy Johnson, he is eighteen years old born on April 24, 2005. Right now, he is currently majoring in journalism, and he has the dream to one day become an NBA analyst on TV. He grew up in Fresno, CA. When he was six years old, he fell in love with the game of basketball. Growing up that's the sport he loved to watch the most, seeing the Lakers and Miami Heat play while becoming fans of players like Lebron and Kobe, and he also would play with his nephew on a little mini hoop. He was a part of the yearbook team for Edison High School where he wrote descriptions and captions for photos and edited pages. These pages covered football, badminton, girls' soccer, and leadership. He also took photos at the football games and around campus and conducted interviews. In these interviews, he was getting quotes from people on what they love about the activity they're in and what they do. He also was a part of the leadership team his senior year where he would brainstorm ideas, create activities, and stay after school to help create posters for rallies and school events. In his junior year, he took an art class where he had to draw and design handmade projects in class. An interesting fact about Jimmy is he currently has a nephew who goes to Fresno City College, and they are surprisingly three months apart in age. They grew up with each other all their life even going to the same school every year, it feels like they are brothers.

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