CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Family Circle Cup selected sophomore Elle Brewer, a Communications major and Cross Country / Track & Field student-athlete, as it's 2012 College of Charleston scholarship winner. In addition to a $5,000 grant from the tournament, Brewer participated in the coin toss prior to the first night session match on stadium court, Tuesday, April 3rd, during the Family Circle Cup between Serena Williams and Elena Vesnina.
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, and pursuing a degree in Communications with minors in Media Studies, Studio Art, and Spanish, Brewer has maintained three consecutive years of Good Academic Standing with an impressive 3.93 GPA. Her classroom efforts earned her several accolades including being named to The College's Director of Athletics Honor Roll, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Golden Key Honor Society.
As a walk-on student-athlete, Brewer was selected as a member of The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team in 2010, and was recognized as the College of Charleston Cross Country Athlete of the week in both 2010 and 2011. She is currently a College of Charleston Student Athletic Advisory Board (SAAB) member, active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and an Honor Board Member, which is a very highly respected student position within The College.
In addition to her demanding academic and athletic responsibilities, Brewer was able to donate over 100 hours throughout 2011 as a volunteer with the Charleston-based Girls Day Out training program, Fitcatz Run Buddies inner-city youth running program, as well the Charleston Jewish Community Center's annual Kid's Fair event.
"Elle works incredibly hard at everything she's involved with," CofC Head Coach Amy Seago said. "Her dedication and determination truly inspire our younger student-athletes to be their best. Elle truly deserves this recognition, and we congratulate her for all of her success."
About The Family Circle Cup
The Family Circle Tennis Center, home of the Family Circle Cup and World TeamTennis Finals Weekend, is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Meredith Corporation that also hosts a variety of additional events including concerts, festivals, tennis tournaments and other activities throughout the year. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts lighted for night play, Pro Shop, and a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage. Charleston, South Carolina was named was named the "No. 1 tourist destination in America" in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, and Charleston was also voted the "Best Tennis Town in America" in a 2010 USTA contest.
The Family Circle Cup is the largest women's only tennis tournament in the world, and Family Circle is the longest running title sponsor of a sporting event in the United States, as well as in all of professional tennis, world-wide.