Celebrating Black History Month



Abby Crumpton
Always Focused on Goals
Posted Feb. 7, 2007

At the age of only 25, it may seem unfair to sum up Abby Crumpton's life so far. There is no denying the mark this Rochester Hills, Mich., native has left on the University if Michigan, becoming the first Wolverine women's soccer player to garner the Big Ten Player of the Year award while also helping the women's soccer team to its best final national ranking in its first trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. MORE>>> 

Malivai Washington
A Long Way From Durkeeville to Wimbledon
Posted Feb. 23, 2007

Late tennis star and humanitarian Arthur Ashe once said, "My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity."

When the six-year-old future Michigan tennis prodigy Malivai Washington watched Ashe become the first African-American to win a grand slam title, Washington was still a long way from giving the tennis world's racial confines another blow.   MORE>>> 

Stacey Thomas
A True Steal
Posted Feb. 14, 2008

Stacey Thomas did not have to travel far to receive the type of college experience she was looking for. A native of Flint, Mich., long a hotbed for talented basketball recruits, Thomas was simply interested in attending a university that offered a highly regarded business school and a basketball program where she could be comfortable around the coaching staff and make an immediate impact on the court. MORE>>> 

Desmond Howard
Hello Heisman!
Posted Feb. 27, 2008

The word "versatile" is commonly defined as "capable of doing many things." Synonyms of the word include adaptable, all-around, and handy. So seeing that Desmond Howard was a high school All-American tailback from Cleveland, Ohio, a Heisman Trophy winning wide receiver at Michigan, a Super Bowl MVP kick returner with the Green Bay Packers, a video game poster boy, and now one of ESPN's top college football analysts, one could venture to say that he too, could also be used to define the word.   MORE>>> 

Scooter Vaughan
Breaking the Ice
Posted Feb. 7-8, 2009

As the old adage goes, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Although challenged by the traditional stereotypes of sport, Scooter Vaughan has proven time and again that he is no exception to the rule. MORE>>> 

Tiffany Ofili
Look Out, London
Posted Feb. 20, 2009

It's July 6, 2008. University of Michigan junior Tiffany Ofili settles into her blocks in the first semifinal heat of the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials. The star-studded race features 2004 Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes, two-time World Champion Michelle Perry and two-time USA Outdoor Champion Virginia Powell.   MORE>>> 

Marissa Young
Field of Dreams
Posted Feb. 5, 2010

It was one month into her first winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., when Marissa Young made the call to her parents back at her home in Santa Ana, Calif. Enough of this cold, snow and ice, she wanted to come home. MORE>>> 

Barry Larkin
The Football Redshirt
Posted Feb. 26, 2010

Holding numerous scholarship offers from several of the top football programs around the country, Barry Larkin ultimately settled on Michigan, where coach Bo Schembechler elected to redshirt Larkin in his freshman season.   MORE>>> 

Joyce (Wilson) Eder
The Humble Star
Posted Feb. 2, 2011

Former Michigan track and field standout Joyce (Wilson) Eder is giving back even more to her alma mater and the student-athlete community as a member of the Big Ten Advisory Committee. MORE>>> 

Gene Derricotte
The Triple-Threat
Posted Feb. 16, 2011

Ohio State's loss turned out to be Michigan's gain. After picking up All-State credentials at Defiance (Ohio) High School in 1943, Gene Derricotte and his high school coach paid a visit to Ohio State to see what the Buckeyes were willing to provide. The Buckeyes were interested, but not at that particular time.   MORE>>> 

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