August 2021 CCACSA Student-Athletes of the Month

August 2021 CCACSA Student-Athletes of the Month

BATON ROUGEThe LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recognizes four student-athletes for their scholastic and community achievements each month. Student-athletes are chosen based on their commitment to academic success and for their devotion to volunteerism and service to the community.

Here are the August 2021 CCACSA’s staff Student-Athletes of the Month:

Faustine Aifuwa: 6th Year, Women’s Basketball, Dacula, Ga. (Non-matriculating undergraduate)

Nominator – Carole Walker, Senior Assistant Director: “Faustine actually graduated summer 2020, but because of season ending injury her freshman year and NCAA covid exceptions, she regained 2 additional years of eligibility. She initially majored in Kinesiology Human Movement with the hopes of being admitted to physical therapy school after graduating from LSU, but due to her academic struggles, she had to change her major. After reflecting on the experience of going through physical therapy and rehabilitation her freshman year, Faustine decided that she really wanted to focus on her academics and work towards completing some of the prerequisites for physical therapy school. She has averaged a 3.100 GPA since fall 2020, earned an A- in BIOL 1201 summer B session and currently has a A+ in BIOL 1202 summer C session.”


Gianni Badon: Freshman, Soccer, Jacksonville, Fla. (Marketing)

Nominator – Carole Walker, Senior Assistant Director: “As a new freshman coming this summer, Gianni was a bit overwhelmed with the transition to college in the beginning of summer C session, but she has continued to make progress. She is a hard worker, takes amazing class notes and gets her assignments completed before the deadline.”


Kardell Thomas: Junior, Football, Baton Rouge, La. (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Nominator –  Keenen Maddox, Assistant Director: “Kardell has been working hard in the classroom since spring semester and continues to do the right things. He is very independent and accountable and has great communication skills.”


Jay Ward: Junior, Football, Moultrie, Ga. (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Nominator – Molly Ann Walke, Learning Specialist: “Jay leads by example through his hard work and fantastic attitude. He adds humor to any situation, and he brightens my day each time I see him. He made the Fall 2020 SEC Honor Roll and has maintained all A’s and B’s over the last three semesters. All of his hard work continues to pay off, and I’m excited to watch him continue to grow and succeed on and off the field.”


Accountability – Commitment – Success – Integrity – Diversity – Teamwork – Service – Education

It is through living the values of the Total Team Commitment 2017-2022, particularly education, academic success, and service to the community that six student-athletes are recognized as Cox Communications Academic Center Student-Athlete of the month. These values are fundamental to the growth and development of our student-athletes as they enter to learn, then leave to serve.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square-foot facility composed of teams for academic affairs, student affairs and information technology, who annually serve more than 500 student-athletes. The purpose of the CCACSA is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation, and life beyond.