The Savannah State University recipients of the Abbie DeLoach Foundation Scholarship were presented for the Class of 2021.
Student-athletes Andrai Wright and Jedaiah Daniels mirror qualities similar to those of Abbie DeLoach — selfless service to others, generosity, academic and athletic achievement, and compassion for all. Wright and Daniels join six other recipients who have been bestowed this designation from Savannah State University.
“We are grateful to the Abbie DeLoach Foundation for its continued support of Savannah State athletics through these annual scholarships,” Director of Athletics Opio Mashariki said in a press release. “This year’s recipients are exemplary models of the ADF mission statement. We are excited to work with ADF to further our goal of seeing student-athletes succeed in both the classroom and on the field of play.”
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Daniels is a senior volleyball player and marketing major from Kennesaw. In one game this past season against Benedict College, she scored 20 points and had 13 kills. Her competitive nature drives her volleyball success.
Daniels told the Abbie DeLoach Foundation that “many people think that only spectators get the edge-of-their-seat feeling, but athletes do, too, and we feel it 10 times more because we determine what happens next.”
After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in marketing management in the fashion industry.
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Wright started loving sports at 4 years old. He is a first baseman and designated hitter on the SSU baseball team. Wright said he loves “being able to learn lessons not only about athletics, but about life through athletics.”
The Ohio native enjoys spending time with his friends and family and in his spare time likes playing video games and traveling.
“Meeting our student-athletes is such a gift,” said Jimmy DeLoach, president of the ADF. “Savannah State provides us with the most dedicated, dynamic recipients, and Jedaiah and Andrai are no exception. I commend Opio Mashariki and his team for creating opportunities for their students to compete safely during the pandemic. Abbie was a volleyball player, so this is special and I look forward to watching them both compete.”
Previous recipients from SSU include Chandler Williams and Alyssa Clements from the class of 2018; Andrew Okorodudu and Valeria Aldorondo from the class of 2019; and Dylan McCloud and Sadrea Mabry from the class of 2020.
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City of Savannah offers youth sports
The City of Savannah Recreation and Leisure Services Department, Athletics Division, has several announcements for upcoming meetings and events.
For more information or to register for an event, contact the athletics office at 912-351-3852.
There is an organizational meeting for youth football on July 22 at the Alee Temple at 6:30 p.m. Interested coaches are encouraged to attend.
A girls flag football camp and kicking camp at Morris Field at Daffin Park is set for July 12-16.
The cheerleading camp has one more session this summer. Designed for children ages 5-15, the camp will be held on July 6-9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alee Temple Arena.
A fall baseball league for 8-and-under and 10-U age divisions begins in September. An organization meeting is planned for July 29 at the Alee Temple at 6:30 p.m.
A fall softball league begins in September. An organizational meeting is planned for Aug. 5 at the Alee Temple at 6:30 p.m.