May 30, 2013

Kenny Bellavance Named Capital One Academic All-American

TOWSON, Md. – The University of North Georgia's Kenny Bellavance has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Baseball Division II Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. 


A senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., Bellavance was named to the Second Team as an outfielder and was one of only two Peach Belt Conference (PBC) players to make the All-America teams. Young Harris outfielder David Atwood was named to the first team as an outfielder.

Bellavance wrapped up his four-year career at North Georgia with a career record in a Saints uniform of 110-94. This season, Bellavance struggled with injuries but still provided a steady bat and glove in the lineup. In 25 games this season, he hit .301 with 15 runs batted in (RBI). He also slugged .301 while having an on-base percentage of .342. Bellavance was named PBC All-Conference in 2011 and 2012 and to the PBC All-Academic Team three times. He was named to the All-Southeast Region in 2010 and 2011.

Earlier this year, Bellavance was named to the PBC Presidental Honor Roll and was awarded with the North Georgia Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Male Athlete of the Year at North Georgia's Senior Banquet. Bellavance graduated with a degree in finance while carrying a grade point average of 3.97. He is a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting and Finance Honor Society as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society and is a member of North Georgia's Mike Cottrell College of Business Honors Program. He is also a two-time PBC Gold Level Scholar Athlete. Named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll all four years, he was named in Who's Who Among College Students and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society. Bellavance served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where he spearheaded the school's Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts, was named to the President's List for six semesters and served as a tutor in the business school.

Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All‐America teams programs since 2011.

The Capital One Division II and III Academic All‐America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012‐13 DII and DIII Academic All‐America teams program. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.