Spotlight: Darius Law Stakes Claim to Jamgotch Humanitarian Award

Spotlight: Darius Law Stakes Claim to Jamgotch Humanitarian Award

Date Published:
Friday, May 27, 2011

Darius Law is an accomplished student, gifted athlete and tireless humanitarian. Add to those titles The Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Student Award recipient at UNC Charlotte.

Law, a senior in the Belk College of Business and an All-American track and field star, will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Since 2004, the award has recognized a student who demonstrated achievement and notable work in the humanitarian field. Political Science Professor Emeritus Nish Jamgotch Jr., who taught at UNC Charlotte from 1966-1993, established this award to honor a student with an established humanitarian track record.

Law has been involved in a number of community service projects during his four years at UNC Charlotte, but he says one really stands out in his memory: the Samaritan’s Feet Basketball game.

The game – in which Charlotte 49ers Coach Alan Major coached barefoot – helped raise over $2,800 and buy more than 70 pairs of shoes for needy children in the area.

Since 2004, the Jamgotch award has recognized a student who demonstrated achievement and notable work in the humanitarian field

“The best part about it is that we are still not done yet as I’m currently in the process of trying to coordinate an event with Samaritan’s Feet that will allow our student athletes to distribute the shoes that we collected to children in the Charlotte community,” Law wrote in his letter to the award committee. “This award would give me an opportunity to start my true humanitarian work.”

Law, who has a 4.0 GPA, also is involved in community service programs such as Alexander Youth Network, Epilepsy Walk volunteer, mentor for the Wake County Detention Center, Toys for Tots, and Relay for Life. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

His athletic feats are equally impressive. An All-American track and field athlete, Law received the 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, given to the top minority male student-athlete in the nation. He also serves as President of the UNC Charlotte Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is the Atlantic 10 representative to the NCAA Minority Interests and Opportunities Committee.

Besides graduate school, he plans to train for the 2012 US Olympic Trials after his graduation from the University.