Vol decathlete and team captain Stephen Harris is the inaugural recipient of the 2003 Collegiate Athlete Leadership Award, presented
by the United States Marine Corps. A standout athlete and citizen, Harris'
winning score of 8,103 from March's College Station Decathlon currently leads
the world this year.
In making the announcement of the award, Major Tedd Studdard and Captain Eric
Syverson, both from the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Nashville, said
that Harris, a history major from Norcross, Ga., "is the student-athlete who
most exemplifies selflessness, teamwork, and leadership in the academic and
athletic arenas." The award covers the areas of Tennessee, North Alabama
In addition, they said, "He also has been committed to excellence in
elevating the performance of others both on and off campus." Harris was also
team co-captain for the Vols' 2002 NCAA Indoor title run.
The award will be presented Wednesday, May 7 at 11 a.m., in the lobby of the
Thornton Athletics Student Center on campus.