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Niki Jackson

School

Grand Canyon

Position
Forward
Major
Finance

Classroom

In the classroom, Niki Jackson is on pace to graduate this year with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics. For his career he has a 3.12 cumulative GPA. Following the 2016 fall semester, Jackson was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for his performance in the classroom.

Character

Throughout his time at GCU, Jackson has emerged as a leader on his team. Including this school year, Jackson has served as the team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative, serving as the collective voice of his team to provide input on student-athlete experience at Grand Canyon.

Community

Jackson—along with several of his teammates—has been active in the community throughout his time at GCU. There are a number of charities through which Jackson has volunteered his time yearly. First, Jackson has volunteered at the Phoenix Foster Children’s Carnival at a park in downtown Phoenix. Jackson and teammates encourage the foster children by playing games, motivating them while they kick goals and handing out gear. Jackson has also volunteered at the GCU Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, which takes place on campus every year. Jackson and teammates help with the organization of the event while also cheering race participants as they near the finish line.

Competition

Jackson’s accolades speak for themselves. In 2016, the forward was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. In 18 matches, Jackson scored 16 goals for a goals per game average (0.89) that ranked third in the nation. Heading into his senior campaign in 2017, Jackson was named to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List for the top collegiate soccer player in the U.S. As of nomination time, Jackson had scored 31 career goals for GCU.