Dover, Del. (Apr. 29, 2019) --- Delaware State football standout Fidel Romo-Martinez (sr.) has been selected as a 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education).
Romo-Martinez and fellow 2019 Arthur Ashe Scholars are listed in the April issue of Issues in Higher Education. The listing can also be found online at www.DiverseEducation.com/Ashe.
The prestigious award was created in 1992 to recognize high school and collegiate student-athletes who emulate the legacy of the late Arthur Ashe, the African-American tennis great, civil rights leader and humanitarian. Past recipients include Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks; Univ. of Wisconsin), WNBA great and broadcaster Kara Lawson (Univ. of Tennessee); and former NBA standout Jacque Vaughn (Univ. of Kansas).
Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar nominees must be students of color; have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2; be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2018-19 academic year; and have a demonstrated record of service to the campus or community.
A Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete, Romo-Martinez was tops in the MEAC and fourth among all Football Championship Subdivision punters with a 44.7 yard average in 2017. He also had 24 punts of 50-or-more yards, including a long of 62, and place 17 kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line in his sophomore season.
Last season, he was averaging 41.3 yards per punt before suffering a season-ending injury in the Hornets’ week-six contest at Howard.