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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR MONDAY, AUG. 27

August 20, 2001

FELLOWSHIP AWARDED IN HONOR OF HALL OF FAMER TOBY ROYBAL

Miral and Dixie Roybal admire a photo of the late Toby Roybal, distinguished UNM athlete. Photo by Melody MadridUniversity of New Mexico graduate student Lea Miral will be awarded the first Toby Roybal Graduate Assistant Fellowship in Recreational Services during a ceremony at UNM's Hodgin Hall, Monday, Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

The annual fellowship recognizes Roybal, a distinguished student athlete at UNM in the 1950s, as one the finest athletes from the state. Drafted by the New York Knicks, he declined, choosing to teach physical education and coach basketball in Santa Fe.

Roybal, who died of cancer in 1962 at age 30, was inducted into the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. His wife, Dixie, and other family, will attend the ceremony.

Miral completed her BS in Athletic Training this month. She plans to graduate in May 2004 with a MA in Physical Therapy. As a Roybal Fellow, Miral will assist with UNM Recreational Services programs to gain experience in administrative and business management. The $12,000, 10-month award is for the 2001-2002 academic year. It is based on a 20-hour work week and must pay for tuition.

Funded by the UNM Center for Regional Studies, the fellowship is designed to provide career development in the recreation field. Responsibilities may include facility scheduling and supervision, aquatic, fitness, youth and specialty class programming, event promotion, tournament and league design, database maintenance and compiling reports and evaluations.

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