Former Texas Tech track and field student-athlete Ifeatu Okafor has been selected as one of nine finalists for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award, which will be announced Oct. 20 during a ceremony in Indianapolis.
Three finalists were selected from each NCAA division, in recognition of their accomplishments in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
The nine finalists are among 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be recognized during the event. This group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division, representing a range of NCAA sports, and was selected from more than 450 nominees.
Ifeatu Okafor, Texas Tech University
Major: Exercise and Sports Science
Sport: Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Excerpt from personal statement: “Through countless hours of community service, my experiences as a scholar, an athlete, and being blessed with the opportunity to lead others, I can honestly say that it has truly developed my character and positively impacted my overall outlook in life.”
Ifeatu served four years as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Texas Tech. During her time as a student-athlete, she regularly volunteered with Special Olympics, the local YWCA, a nearby hospital and local food bank. She also served as Texas Tech’s Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative.
Ifeatu was named to the Academic All-Big 12 team four times, and was a finalist for the 2012 John McLendon Scholarship and the 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. In 2012, she earned the Big 12 Conference Dr. Gerald Lage Award. An exercise and sports sciences major, she graduated magna cum laude and was named in 2012 to the USTFCCCCA All-Academic team.A four year letter-winner for Texas Tech as a thrower in women’s track and field, Ifeatu was the 2011 Big 12 Shot Put Champion, and was twice named to All-Big 12 First Team.