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.
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.
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“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.
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“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.
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"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
"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
. @TexasTFXC alum Teahna Daniels became the fastest freshman woman in NCAA history and the #5 NCAA performer of all time.
Now a @Nike athlete, she won her first national title at the 2019 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100 m.
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“I practiced like I had never lost and competed like I had never won.”
A biochemistry grad, @TCUWEquestrian's @karkarlynne went to vet school at UC-Davis on an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and will graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
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"I want to work with athletes at all levels, especially those transitioning from college sports to general life.”
@ShaelynMartin50 finished her @KStateWBB career 5th on the all-time assists list & is working on her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy.
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“Remember there is life outside of your sport. You never know what can happen in life.”
@PElliz, who finished his @KUHoops career on the top 10 all-time scoring chart with 1,798 pts, has played professionally overseas and spent time on the KU staff.
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“Just be confident, believe in yourself and work hard every day.”
@KUHoops alum @Sviat_10, who set a school record for 3–pointers made in a season, has gone on to a successful professional career in the NBA.
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