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

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.

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