Everyday Champion: Defender Mark Nelson

April 22, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. - Intercollegiate athletics is about much more than wins and losses. The physical and mental training augment the classroom experience and teach life's lessons. Intercollegiate athletic scholarships provide an opportunity for students who otherwise might not seek higher education. And numerous studies have shown that student-athletes outperform "average" students and are more likely to become community, educational and business leaders. This is the fourth in a series of Titan athletics success stories.

(VIDEO) Everyday Champion: Defender Mark Nelson
Senior Mark Nelson has had his share of hardships over the years, but his determination and love of soccer have put him in a position to receive aid to help offset the cost of his undergraduate and graduate degrees. The defender was taught by his mother that without doing well in school there would be no soccer, and now it seems, without soccer there would be no school. The sociology and pre-med major is thankful for his opportunity to be a Titan, and without that chance he is uncertain about the path his life may have taken. Click here to hear his story.

Baseball Alums in Headlines On and Off Field
Former Titan baseball players are in the headlines in April for their contributions on and off the diamond. Former Titan catcher Kurt Suzuki and his wife, former Titan volleyball player Renee Vignery Suzuki, will receive the Recent Graduate Achievement Award Saturday night at the university's 17th Annual Vision & Visionaries gala. Suzuki is among seven former Titans playing in the big leagues in April. Click here for details on what the Suzukis and other former Titans are doing around Major League Baseball.

Watch Past Everyday Champions

Wrestler Adin Duenas - VIDEO
Gymnast Shannon Kawada - VIDEO
Midfielder Christina Murillo - VIDEO