LUBBOCK, Texas – Former Lady Raider thrower Ifeatu Okafor will be formally recognized by the NCAA Sunday as a finalist for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award in downtown Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award celebrates the achievements of women who display exceptional careers in intercollegiate athletics. The award recognizes athletic achievements as well as student-athlete accomplishments in the classroom and within the community with the winner being announced Sunday.
More than 450 student-athletes were nominated from each Division I, II and III for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year which has been recognizing top female student-athletes for 23 years. She is the first Big 12 finalist since the current selection process started in 2006.
Okafor completed her Texas Tech career this spring as a track and field athlete where she excelled in the shot put and discus events. In 2011, she was crowned the Big 12 Outdoor Shot Put Champion with a school record toss of 17.77-meters (58’-3.75”). She was twice named an All-American and currently holds five of the top-10 marks in school history in the event.
Off the track, she earned numerous academic recognitions including the prestigious Dr. Gerald Lage Award presented by the Big 12 Conference in 2012. Meanwhile, she was a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award in 2013 and a five-time Academic All-Big 12 selection.
Meanwhile, Okafor was consistently active in the Lubbock community throughout her decorated Texas Tech track and field career. She was involved 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.
Okafor served as the president of the Texas Tech Student Athlete-Advisory Committee during the 2012-13 academic year. She was involved in the committee throughout her collegiate career, and also served as treasurer from 2010-12.
The Houston, Texas native graduated from Texas Tech in August 2012 with a degree in Exercise Sports Sciences and completed a second degree in May 2013 in Human Science with Magna Cum Laude honors on both occasions.
She is currently enrolled at the UT Southwestern Medical School seeking her master’s degree with plans to become a physician’s assistant.