Ifeatu Okafor named NCAA Woman of Year
Ifeatu Okafor graduated from Texas Tech in May with five of the top 10 shot put throws in school history, the 2011 Big 12 shot put championship and degrees in exercise sports sciences and human science -- with magna cum laude honors in each.
On Sunday in Indianapolis, she was named the NCAA Woman of the Year.
Okafor, who is currently pursuing her master's at UT-Southwestern, became the first woman from a Big 12 school to win the award in its 23-year history. She was selected from a group of nine finalists representing Division I, II and III schools. The NCAA selected the candidates based on their academic performance and athletic achievement, as well as factors like leadership and community service.
Okafor, a 2011 All American, earned numerous academic honors during her days at Texas Tech. She was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, a recipient of the Dr. Gerald Lage Award in 2012 -- the highest academic recognition given by the Big 12 -- and a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award in 2013.
Okafor served as the president of the Texas Tech Student Athlete-Advisory Committee during the 2012-13 academic year. She also volunteered for such organizations as the YWCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Previous winners of the award include basketball player Rebecca Lobo (1995) and swimmer Kristy Kowal (2000).