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!