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CHS Student Honored with National Award of Excellence

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2008) − Anne Olukemi Ogundele, a physical therapy student in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, has been honored by Canada’s Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) with the Harry Jerome Award for outstanding achievement in athletics. 

Ogundele, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, received her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Kentucky in 2006 while also achieving success on the soccer field.  While an undergraduate student at UK, Ogundele was named a first team all-SEC player, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first team academic all-American, a third team all-American and a District IV ESPN The Magazine second team academic all-district.  She closed out her soccer career with a school record 14 shutouts and also led the women’s soccer team to claim the 2006 SEC Tournament championship, a first in more than 10 years.

But Ogundele’s successes at UK did not stop with athletics.  She also maintained a 3.61 GPA as an undergraduate and is now in her second year of training to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 
Excellence in both athletics and academics is what got Ogundele noticed by the BBPA.  According to The Patriotic Vanguard, Sierra Leone News Portal, the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is a yearly celebration of African Canadian achievement that honors those who are role models of excellence.  The awards are named for Harry Jerome, Canada’s premiere track and field athlete of the 1960s whose personal motto was “never give up.”

Now in its 26th year the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards has recognized the achievements of almost 300 outstanding African Canadians to date.  The awards ceremony is recognized as the premier national award gala in the African Canadian Community and a coveted symbol of achievement.

"I am extremely proud to represent both Canada and the University of Kentucky through this award and I will continue to strive for excellence in my personal and professional life,” said Ogundele.

Ogundele is the daughter of Gabriel and Funmi Ogundele.  She has three siblings and plans to get back into playing or coaching soccer, at least for fun, once she finished her physical therapy degree in December 2009.    


The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences consists of nine programs: Athletic Training; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Physical Therapy; Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program; Clinical and Reproductive Sciences; Clinical Nutrition; Physician Assistant Studies; Radiation Sciences; and Clinical Leadership and Management.


Photo: Anne Ogundele with Award

Anne Ogundele, a physical therapy student in the College of Health Sciences, was honored with the Harry Jerome Award for outstanding achievement in athletics.

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