Ifeatu Okafor Named NCAA Woman of the Year

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Spo

Congrats to former Lady Raider Ifeatu Okafor, who was named the NCAA Woman of the Year!

"It's very special. Texas Tech has just played such a huge role in my life. My experiences at Texas Tech have developed my character and transformed me into a better person. I'm truly grateful." -Ifeatu Okafor

Congrats for former Lady Raider, Ifeatu Okafor, who competed in the shot put during her career at Texas Tech, for being named the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year! What a fantastic honor and Okafor is the first winner of this award for Texas Tech and for the Big 12. Here is her coach, Wes Kittley on Okafor:

"Of all of the athletes I have coached, Ifeatu exemplifies what it means to be a true student-athlete and an All-American," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "Her commitment to academics, community service and leadership were remarkable."

Here is how the NCAA describes this award:

The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 23rd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletics achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.

Okafor has done more than her fair share of community service:

Away from competition, she earned numerous academic recognitions including the prestigious Dr. Gerald Lage Award presented by the Big 12 Conference in 2012 - the highest academic recognition given by the Big 12. Meanwhile, she was a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award in 2013, a four-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Okafor was consistently active in the Lubbock community throughout her decorated Texas Tech career. She was central in numerous service projects and charity organizations including the YWCA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, South Plains Food Bank, Children's Covenant Hospital and many more.

Congrats again to Ifeatu! What a wonderful honor!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Viva The Matadors

You must be a member of Viva The Matadors to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva The Matadors. You should read them.

Join Viva The Matadors

You must be a member of Viva The Matadors to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Viva The Matadors. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker