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FORMER SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

MIND AND BODY ACHIEVEMENTS

Stand out performance

Dr. Pinkett was a four-year member and standout performer on the Rutgers University men’s track and field team, competing as a high jumper, long jumper, and sprinter. During his senior year, Dr. Pinkett was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American, Rutgers Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, Atlantic 10 Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Black Issues in Higher Education (BIHE) National Student-Athlete of the Year, and the male recipient of the NCAA Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship, which is awarded to a student-athlete who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service. In 2011, Dr. Pinkett was inducted into the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® Hall of Fame.

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Dr. Pinkett was also a three-sport scholar-athlete who excelled in soccer, basketball, and track and field at Hightstown High School. He earned both the Male Athlete of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards as a senior. He served as track and field team captain and helped lead the squad to Mercer County and Colonial Valley Conference Championships, receiving First Team All-County honors in track and field. He also served as basketball team captain and helped lead the boys’ team to the best record in school history. In 2011, Dr. Pinkett was inducted into the Hightstown High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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We all have dreams. But in order for those dreams to come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, self-discipline, and effort.

— Jesse Owens

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