DAPHNE, Ala. – Baseball player Andrew Beckwith from the United States and runner Dominique Scott of South Africa have been voted the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for June.
Beckwith, pitcher for the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers and the national leader in wins at 15-1, went 5 2/3 innings in the final game after pitching two complete games and picked up his third victory of the NCAA College World Series. He was named the Most Outstanding Player as his team defeated the University of Arizona on 30 June 2016 for his school’s first national championship.
Scott, a University of Arkansas senior distance runner from South Africa, helped lead the lady Razorbacks to win the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from 8-11 June 2016. Scott won the 5,000 meters with a time of 15 minutes 57.07 seconds and the 10,000 meters with a time of 32 minutes 35.69 seconds.
The two athletes are now eligible for the Academy’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award to be voted on at year’s end.
The runner up in the men’s balloting was basketball player LeBron James and third place went to golfer Dustin Johnson, both from the United States.
James was unanimously named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on 19 June 2016. Over the series, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists and became only the third player to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. James scored 41 points in both Game 5 and Game 6, leading the Cavaliers to history as the first-ever team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Championship. James now has two NBA Championships with the Miami Heat and one with Cleveland.
Johnson won the 116th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., on 19 June 2016. He shot a 4 under par 276 for the tournament, winning by three strokes. He leads the PGA in the FedEx Cup golf standings.
The runner up in the women’s balloting was sprinter Ariana Washington of the United States and third place went to golfer Brooke Henderson of Canada.
Washington, a freshman sprinter for the University of Oregon, became the first freshman in meet history to double in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships meet in Eugene, Ore., on 11 June 2016. Washington ran the 100 meters in 10.95 seconds and the 200 meters in 22.21 seconds, helping Oregon to place second in the overall team title.
Henderson, 18, of Canada, defeated Lydia Ko by scoring a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the KMPG Women’s Championship on 12 June 2016 at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. She shot a tournament total 6 under par 278 to win her first LPGA major championship.
This is the 32nd year of the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Year program, which is part of the institution’s annual Awards of Sport program. Each month, the public is invited to participate by nominating and voting for the Male and Female Athletes of the Month on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Monthly winners become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor, which is selected at year end by an online public balloting. Monthly and annual winners are announced on the Academy’s website, social media, and in the monthly e-newsletter, The Sport Update.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tennis great Serena Williams were the Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2015.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.