Virginia Union University’s Rejoice Spivey and Tabyus Taylor have earned the 2019 Athletic Director Award for their performances during the 2018-19 athletic season.
The awards were given during the 2019 VUU Athletic Awards Banquet, held on Monday, April 22, at the Dr. Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center on the VUU campus in Richmond, Va.
Spivey, a senior guard on the VUU Women’s Basketball Team, was the winner of the CIAA Lowe’s Senior Leadership Award this past season while also becoming the all-time leader in assists at Virginia Union. She led the nation in minutes played and was named to the CIAA All-Tournament Team while helping the Lady Panthers to their second consecutive CIAA Championship.
She also sports a 3.56 grade point average while majoring in Biology.
Taylor, a sophomore running back on the VUU Football Team, was a BoxToRow All-American while helping lead the Panthers to an 8-2 record in 2018. He led the nation with an average of 196.2 all-purpose yards per game and was second in the nation in scoring with an average of 13.8 points per game. He rushed for 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2018.
He carries a 2.54 grade point average and is majoring in Elementary Education.
“These two student-athletes embody what we call ‘The Four C’s:’ Classroom, Character, Community Service, and Competitive Spirit,” said VUU Athletic Director Joe Taylor. “They performed at a very high level in all four areas.”