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De'Arius Christmas

Student - Athlete
Grambling State University

National Scholar-Athlete and Campbell Trophy Finalist De’Arius Christmas is an All-American linebacker at Grambling State who holds a 3.82 GPA in Engineering Technology. He has earned Grambling State Student-Athlete of the Year and SWAC All-Academic Team honors. He has led the Tigers in tackles for two consecutive seasons, and he was the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. A two-year team captain, he volunteers with the Special Olympics.

Wednesday, December 05

The Student Athlete Experience

One of the most talked-about sessions from the 2017 Forum. Current student athletes, including National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy finalists, will discuss the benefits of playing college sports and their academic, athletic and social experience.

Moderator: Jack Ford, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Board Member, National Football Foundation
De'Arius Christmas, Student - Athlete, Grambling State University
Noah Knight, Former Student - Athlete, University of Missouri - Kansas City; and Chair, Division-I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, NCAA
Michael Nzei, Student - Athlete, Seton Hall University
Dalton Risner, Student - Athlete, Kansas State University
Enna Selmanovic, Student - Athlete, University of Cincinnati
Jaila Tolbert, Student - Athlete, Virginia Tech