About the Campaign

Over the past five years, the Big 12 Champions for Life campaign has featured the life-changing stories of over 300 student-athletes and university alumni. The young women and men given the opportunity to earn a scholarship and compete in their chosen sport embody the defining characteristics of a champion: leadership, perseverance, community service, and discipline. These leaders have used their platforms and voices to stand up for what they believe in, inspiring their teammates and communities – and creating change. The stories and updates from current and former student-athletes representing each of the conference’s ten universities will be shared throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Serving as a role model in their time while on campus and beyond graduation, each of the student-athletes selected in the campaign truly encapsulates what being a champion for life is all about.

 

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Alumni Spotlights
Watch Their Stories

@Big12CFL

3 weeks ago
"College athletics taught me about taking control of my own career. At the end of the day, no one can do the work for you. You have to do the work yourself.” - @mojaycoop, @TexasBaseball alum

Watch: https://t.co/A6fyPEVB0w https://t.co/CDsxdG7rvF
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3 weeks ago
“Expand your friend group and connections outside of your team dynamic. Take advantage of everything your university has to offer.”

@TCU_Baseball alum @MikeLandestoy is using what he learned in his new role as a scouting asst. for the @Pirates.

Watch: https://t.co/JiI3Tz4JI4 https://t.co/oYY1ZbJBGn
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1 month ago
. @All_Day_Chay left @KUSoftball with all-time records for RBIs, runs scored, walks and slugging percentage.

She is now an assistant coach at Wingate University and has a goal of becoming a Division I softball head coach.

Watch: https://t.co/dC3iWE9hba https://t.co/iVOaVn1GvS
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1 month ago
A member of both the @CowgirlTennis and @OSUWBB teams, @kat_adamovic was a 4x All-Big 12 selection who helped OSU earn two conference titles.

She is now the asst. coach for women’s tennis at Cincinnati and aspires to one day become a head coach.

Watch: https://t.co/XQBtxNvGZT https://t.co/pd7mRMS5fL
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1 month ago
“I was actually drafted after my junior year and I decided to come back for my senior year because you only get one chance to be a senior at the University of Texas.” - @TexasBaseball alum Seth Johnston

Watch: https://t.co/02crLb0bX9 https://t.co/RC0zqvcW3D
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1 month ago
"I was blessed to have plenty of success in college athletics, but I also learned how to lose the right way.”

@TexasTechTF alum @tculver7, an @adidas athlete, took the 2021 world lead in the high jump earlier this year by clearing 7 feet, 7 3/4 in.

📹: https://t.co/V54bZARSgO https://t.co/7nA4gSjWjp
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1 month ago
“Show up every single day – good or bad – and put in the work.”

@KU_Rowing alum Tessa Scott used that mentality to help her team win a @Big12Conference Championship and has continued to work hard to achieve her goal of becoming a college professor.

📹: https://t.co/JQSIL0lTuq https://t.co/ZeGNJLC4ow
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1 month ago
“I’m going to get an amazing education and I’m going to realize my dream of running track at the college level.”

Olympic gold medalist @MJGold reflects on his time with @BaylorTrack.

#sicem | @BaylorAthletics https://t.co/oGLbV1teGY
1 month ago
An accomplished golfer and coach, @TexasTechMGolf alum @cmccormickgolf is shaping the next generation of the sport.

📹: https://t.co/04p1XNrjun https://t.co/F1FuGqlshk
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2 months ago
. @OU_Athletics alumni Jessica Woodard ( @OU_Track), Brad Johnson ( @OU_Wrestling), CJ Cole ( @OU_Baseball) and Andrew Harris ( @OU_MTennis) share their best advice for current student-athletes.

#ChampionsForLife | #Sooners https://t.co/w3CfzoSz8u
2 months ago
“Savor the four years of being a student-athlete. The bond I made with my teammates and coaches is irreplaceable and will carry on for the rest of my life.” - @jurencemendoza, @CowboyTennis alum

📹: https://t.co/xgXfphZcpj https://t.co/hZDxJD3hXR
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2 months ago
Since graduating, 2-time NCAA shot put champion, 7-time All-American and 3-time Big 12 Champion Tina Hillman, a @CycloneTrackXC alum, has counseled adolescents at a nonprofit and utilized technical and programming skills at a video marketing company.

📹: https://t.co/2afYTzL9kb https://t.co/Y1stswXjzt
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2 months ago
“Do not be afraid of your goals and dreams. Big goals are great, so set them and give it all you got and be the best you can be in order to achieve them.” - Nina Khmelnitckaia, @KansasTennis alum

📹: https://t.co/JcHzMNw0Nv https://t.co/gn7VaRqSzT
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2 months ago
“You must work extra to get where you want to be.”

Former @CowgirlTennis team captain @LushkovaViki graduated with honors with a degree in International Business. She has pursued a career in financial sales and trading of commodities.

📹: https://t.co/684gQmaSBz https://t.co/9QXYIR1BHg
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2 months ago
“My goals are to finish school, become a dietitian and become an Olympian.”

@KStateTFXC alum Janee’ Kassanavoid has competed for Team USA and was ranked in the top 20 in the world for women’s hammer throw.

#ChampionsForLife

📹: https://t.co/Qv61hkTXZX https://t.co/xZ0CztVLkX
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2 months ago
"I want to create a company that educates and equips youth with the technical skills for operating computer systems and technological devices."

Amid chasing his career dreams, @KStateTFXC alum @ifeanyi_otuonye has earned his MBA and is still competing in the sport he loves. https://t.co/CFfsWTSht8
2 months ago
"You can accomplish so much more than you think if you're willing to put in work and say no to things that don’t serve your purpose."

@TexasTechTF alum Kelly McQuaid Gotcher is pursuing her dreams of bodybuilding and furthering her medical education: https://t.co/a7el9wIr1K https://t.co/YFzuDFfBrl
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