The scholarship named for former IHSAA Commissioner C. Eugene Cato honors well-rounded, positive role models that have demonstrated excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Abdul-Aleem definitely fits that description.
She’s ranked first in her class at Crispus Attucks, has earned varsity letters in volleyball all four years and served as the team’s captain her senior season. In addition to excelling in the classroom and on the court, Abdul-Aleem has completed multiple community service projects through her membership with the National Honor Society, Mayor’s Youth Council, and the Crispus Attucks chapter of the NAACP, for which she serves as President. She also volunteers regularly with her mosque’s food pantry and summer programs.
Abdul-Aleem credits Crispus Attucks volleyball for building up her confidence over the years.
“The best advice I ever received on the court was to ‘talk more’ and that helped me everywhere,” Abdul-Aleem said. “I started speaking up on and off the court and built up my confidence.”
Crispus Attucks Athletic Director Greg Orr saw that change firsthand.
“Volleyball helped her come out of her shell,” Orr said. “The last couple of years her confidence has grown, and she has become quite the leader.”
She was even named to the Academic All-State team for volleyball this year, the only Indianapolis Public Schools student to receive the honor.
“Volleyball has been a great experience for me, and I hope the program continues to grow,” Abdul-Aleem said. “We had a great year, and I hope others get the chance to experience the great team atmosphere like I had.”
Abdul-Aleem received a $2,500 scholarship for her accomplishments and was recognized on April 16, 2015, at the Brady Sports Achievement Awards. She plans to attend Purdue University in the fall to study Chemical Engineering.
We’re proud of our student athletes like Abdul-Aleem! They showcase every day that there’s more to athletics than ability. It’s also about academics, teamwork and community service.