University of Texas Southwestern PA student Ifeatu “Ify” Okafor was officially named the NCAA Woman of the Year Sunday night at an awards banquet in Indianapolis. The former Texas Tech Lady Raider track and field student-athlete is currently in her first year of PA school.
The first woman from the Big 12 Conference to earn the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, Okafor 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.
Okafor was selected from a field of nine finalists representing NCAA Division I, II and III for her achievements in athletics, academics, leadership and community service. In all, more than 450 student-athletes were originally nominated for the prestigious award, which encompasses a female student-athlete’s entire collegiate career.
Watch an NCAA video about Okafor: