The ODAC Basketball Officials Association (BOA) recently announced Zack Tabrani '17 as this year's recipient of the ODAC BOA Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded annually to one student-athlete to help assist young leaders further their education.
Tabrani, a native of the Philippines, graduated from Hampden-Sydney this past spring with a degree in Biology after a four-year playing career on the hardwood. He excelled off the court, making Dean's List numerous times including closing out his senior year with a 3.6 GPA. He will use the scholarship towards attending graduate school at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
"We are proud to give this scholarship to someone like Zack who shows passion, determination, and courage in all aspects of life," stated Kyle Regetz of the ODAC BOA. "The entire ODAC BOA wishes you the best of luck at Augusta University this year as you pursue a graduate degree in the medical field. Congrats Zack and thank you for being a leader on your team and in the classroom."
"I would like to thank the ODAC Basketball Officials Association for such a blessing," stated Tabrani. "They portray that the game of basketball is truly more than just a game at the end of the day, and I am grateful for all the times and memories I have had playing in the ODAC and being a Hamden-Sydney Tiger. My time at Hamden-Sydney was truly memorable. Nothing will ever compare as it has prepared me for life after basketball and my future pursuits through the genuine care and attention from my coaches in Dee Vick, Tyler Sanborn, and Kevin Leatherwood. Professors in the Biology department, such as Dr. Werth, made my academic experience at Hamden-Sydney one of a kind and gave me the tools needed as a student, professional, and as a man to continue my professional pursuits as I begin my time in graduate school. I am truly grateful and appreciative for the ODAC BOA awarding me this scholarship."
"Zack Tabrani had a great career at Hampden-Sydney focusing on his academics, his athletic development, and remained true to his faith," said Head Coach Dee Vick. "Zack was the epitome of a quiet, yet strong leader. He inspired us all to make the most of every opportunity and to always give your best effort. This was particularly evident by him making Dean's List with a 3.6 during his senior year. I know this scholarship means a lot to Zack and we are grateful to the ODAC's Basketball Officials Association for recognizing and rewarding his efforts."