Texas women’s basketball senior Imani McGee-Stafford has been named the 2014-15 Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.
The Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. This year’s winners were selected by a media panel.
McGee-Stafford becomes the fifth Longhorn to be named Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year since the award’s inception in 2000-01. Previous UT student-athletes honored with the award include Nate Boyer (Football, 2012-13), Kylie Doniak (Soccer, 2011-12), Sam Acho (Football, 2010-11), and Ahmard Hall (Football, 2004-05).
The 6-foot-7 post refers to herself as a suicide survivor while those around her are more apt to use “definition of inspiration.” She has dealt with traumatic adversities throughout her life including molestation at a young age and multiple suicide attempts before finding solace and support on the basketball court and “her voice” through slam poetry. She shares her story and experiences through competitive slam poetry and volunteer work and hopes that her words and honesty can inspire other young women to overcome similar circumstances.
The Los Angeles native was the winner of the 2015 Honda Inspiration Award, presented to the most inspiring women’s student-athlete in all levels of college athletics by Honda and the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards. She will accept the honor during the live CBS Sports Network telecast of the 2015 Honda Cup on Monday, June 29 in her hometown.
McGee-Stafford was a member of the “They Speak Austin” poetry team that finished in the semifinals of the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Philadelphia and serves as a team representative on Texas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also volunteers at the Austin State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and participates in various team community service outreach efforts, including visits to Dell Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
The accounting major is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and plans to pursue a master’s degree in professional accounting. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she was also honored by conference coaches for her play on the court as an All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2014-15.
Texas Tech’s Clark Lammert, brother of UT men’s basketball senior Connor Lammert, was selected Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year.
BIG 12 SPORTSPERSONS OF THE YEAR – TEXAS
2014-15 – Imani McGee-Stafford, Women’s Basketball
2012-13 – Nate Boyer, Football
2011-12 – Kylie Doniak, Soccer
2010-11 – Sam Acho, Football
2004-05 – Ahmard Hall, Football
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