Sept. 4, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama defensive back Javier Arenas was selected as one of 30 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which was announced on Friday by Lowe's.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Arenas has volunteered more than 50 hours of community service throughout the Tuscaloosa community. He has spent time in the local school systems speaking to children about the dangers of bullying and the positive effects of teamwork. Arenas has also attended birthday parties of physically challenged children and reached out with phone calls to children battling cancer.
On the field, he is one of the most dangerous return men in the county and an All-SEC cornerback, Arenas will factor heavily into the Crimson Tide defense and special teams as a senior in 2009. His 650 punt return yards led the nation and set an Alabama single-season record while he also registered 63 tackles at corner. The Tampa, Fla. native was selected as a preseason Playboy All-American, but his accomplishments in the classroom and in the community are bringing him accolades off the field as well.
To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior in the Football Subdivision and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.
After narrowing the list to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.