Former UGA gymnast Marcia Newby-Goodman was named a 2011 recipient of the NCAA Top VIII Award, presented annually to eight outstanding student-athletes who have completed their eligibility. The award recognizes outstanding athletic, academic, community service and leadership accomplishments.
Recipients are selected by the NCAA Honors Committee, made up of eight athletics administrators at member institutions in addition to nationally distinguished citizens who are former student-athletes.
Newby-Goodman, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., was a member of three NCAA championship teams at UGA. A three-time Academic All-American, Newby-Goodman was named 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year by Diverse Magazine. She was also a 2010 recipient of the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship.
A member of the SEC Community Service Team and the SEC Honor Roll during her collegiate career, Newby-Goodman graduated in May with a degree in biological sciences. She will be honored Jan. 14, 2011 along with the other seven award winners at the 2011 NCAA Honors Celebration in San Antonio, Texas.