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23 Wildcats Inducted into Frank G. Ham Society of Character


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Twenty-three University of Kentucky student-athletes were inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at a ceremony to be held at UK’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Services.

The student-athletes were also introduced at Rupp Arena during the men’s basketball game against LSU Tuesday night.


The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. The SOC was founded during the 1998-99 school year and is named for Ham, a longtime UK administrator.

This year's induction class is listed below in alphabetical order.

Evelyn Akhator, Basketball (W)

  • 3.4 GPA

  • Relentless in the classroom, having to work harder than everyone else with English coming as her second language

  • Second Team All-SEC in 2016 and four-time SEC Player of the Week

  • Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana flood relief drives, God’s Pantry and the Markey Cancer Center

Bridgette Alexander, Swimming (W)

  • Finalist at the SEC Championships her freshman year and scored for UK at the NCAA Championships

  • Olympic trial finalist for Team USA in the 200 backstroke

  • SEC All-Freshman Team and honor-roll member

  • Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Lexington Homework Helpers, Ronald McDonald House and the Special Olympics

Andrew Aviotti, Swimming (M)

  • Named team captain for his excellent leadership skills

  • Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Dean’s List, and SEC Community Service Team

  • School record holder in men’s 1000-yard freestyle and 1650-yard freestyle

  • Earlier this season, became the first in UK history to post a time under 15 minutes in the 1650 free to break his own school record

  • Volunteered with Tri for Sight, Catholic Action Center, God’s Pantry, Raven Run 5K, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross

Alex Carter, Soccer (W)

  • 3.9 GPA