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Softball, Men's Basketball teams lauded for academics at Walton House

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Recognizing their achievement for winning the Ohio Valley Conference Team Academic Achievement Award in their sports for 2011-2012, Tennessee Tech president Philip Oldham and first lady Kari welcomed the Golden Eagle softball and men's basketball teams to the Walton House Tuesday afternoon for an informal reception.

"What you have done is very important," Oldham told the players and coaches, along with several athletics administrators on hand. "We know how hard you work to achieve success on the field or the court, and we also recognize the amount of work you put in toward your academic success. Winning games is something to be proud of, but winning in the classroom is even more important. That's real life, and we applaud you for your success."

The OVC Team Academic Achievement Awards are presented annually in each of the 16 conference-sponsored sports to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher.

First Lady Kari Oldham talks to the gathering

Stylish Matt Marseille enjoyed the hospitality