Former JBU Soccer Player Receives National Awards

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 17, 2000) — Veron Edwards, Jr., a 1994 graduate of John Brown University was recently voted by the Football Confederation as Antigua’s best club soccer player and Barbuda’s best national player for 1999. The results of the poll were based on a survey of major media outlets in the Americas that was conducted by Uruguayan’s daily newspaper, El Pais.

"It was an honor for me to receive such an award and I'm very happy about it," said Edwards. "It is very satisfying since I am coming to the end of a long soccer career."

Empire, the most successful club team in Barbuda and the team Edwards plays for, has won ten titles and is currently involved in a three match play-off against English Harbour for the 1999/2000 title.

"I have to give a lot of credit to Coach Gustavson who played a major role in my development as a player during my four years as a member of the JBU soccer team," said Edwards.

While at JBU, Edwards was a key player all four years, winning the All Mid-West award and was elected to play in the Senior Bowl his senior year.

"This award just shows the quality of player he was here at JBU and still is," said men’s soccer coach, Bob Gustavson.

Since 1919, John Brown University, a nondenominational Christian university, has provided top-quality, Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on educating the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,500 students from 47 states and 33 countries. For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. The University has also repeatedly been included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.