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.
“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
. @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
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
"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
“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
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
“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
“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.
📹: https://t.co/Qv61hkTXZX https://t.co/xZ0CztVLkX
"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