Waco, Texas (January 24, 2018) – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced Signature Academics as the newest addition to a growing list of corporate sponsors who support the advancement of Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.
“We are excited to welcome Signature Academics as a national sponsor for the NCEA,” said Tom O’Mara, Co-Chair of the NCEA National Advisory Board. “Their support and vision in advancing the opportunities for young women in our sport is greatly appreciated. As a father of two NCEA equestrian alumni, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to balance school work while competing at the highest level. Signature Academics ensures our student-athletes don’t have to choose between the sport that they love and academic excellence.”
The team of educators at Signature Academics is committed to ensuring each student’s academic success. Signature Academics thoroughly understands the sport and the time, traveling and training commitments it takes for equestrian student-athletes to succeed. By sponsoring the NCEA Student-Athlete of the Month Award, Signature Academics is highlighting the student-athletes who go above and beyond as well as helping advance the sport to NCAA Championship Sport status.
“All of us at Signature Academics and our partner, Wellington Preparatory School, are thrilled to support the NCEA as it focuses on increasing opportunities for top equestrian student-athletes at colleges and universities nationwide. From the beginning, the mission of Signature Academics has been to support high level, equestrian student-athletes in maintaining academic excellence as they train, travel, and compete. The NCEA Student-Athlete of the Month Award recognizes college athletes who are doing exactly that. These award-winning student-athletes work hard, earn their successes, and are role models for the future of equestrian sport,” said Wendy Solomon, Executive Director of Signature Academics.
With more than 900 women currently participating on NCAA equestrian teams, and thousands more high school students aspiring to compete on college teams, the NCEA remains committed to the expansion of meaningful educational opportunities for women through athletics.
“The expansion of national sponsors brings more excitement to the sport of equestrian and shines a light on the hard working, successful and award-winning equestrian student-athletes that make up our programs. We value the support of such a strong academic organization as we advance the sport of equestrian at the collegiate level,” said Kevin Hurley, Senior Associate Athletics Director at Texas A&M University.
Promoting academic excellence remains one of the NCEA’s top priorities. The average GPA among NCEA student-athletes in the 2013-14 academic year was a 3.28. By highlighting the impressive academic success of these young women, the NCEA is transforming the way equestrian collegiate sports are perceived while assisting student-athletes in their equestrian and/or career pursuits.
“Signature Academics has a reputation of providing the finest of academic support systems in the competitive equestrian setting. Signature Academics has been a major part in supporting potential student-athletes while away from their home school. We are thrilled to be connected to such a high-quality company,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director of the NCEA.