A leader on and off the court

As a part of its series in celebration of Black History Month, the Razorback Athletic Department is saluting Trailblazers from the African-American community who have attended the University of Arkansas. Several of the honorees in our series were also selected as Silas Hunt Legacy Award recipients recently.

Ronnie Brewer of Farmington, Ark., and Salt Lake City, Utah, is a Fayetteville native who played basketball at Fayetteville High School and also for three years with the Arkansas Razorback basketball team. In 2006, the Utah Jazz made him the 14th pick in the NBA draft, andwas a starting guard for the team until his trade to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010. During the off-season, Brewer comes back to Fayetteville to train and mentor current basketball players. In addition, in September 2008, he donated $50,000 for a scholarship to support students from Arkansas who are interested in journalism and are part of the African American Studies Program. During the press conference to announce the gift, Brewer talked about the diversity of our state and the need to reflect that on the University of Arkansas campus.

The University of Arkansas’ Office of University Relations provided the content of today’s salute. For more information on the Silas Hunt Legacy Award Event, please jump here.