Wendon Blair (left) and Savannah Crittenden were selected by the RRAC Champions of Character Committee.
JCC's Blair, UHV's Crittenden named first RRAC Betty Etier Character Athletes of the Year
WACO, Texas -- The Red River Athletic Conference announced today that Wendon Blair of Jarvis Christian College (Texas) and Savannah Crittenden of the University of Houston-Victoria (Texas) have been named the inaugural RRAC Betty Etier Character Athletes of the Year.
Initiated this year, the award will be given annually to one male and one female RRAC student-athlete who best represent the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program (respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and servant leadership). To be eligible, student-athletes must have been recognized as an RRAC Character Athlete of the Week during the previous academic year. All 2016-17 weekly selections were candidates in voting by the RRAC Champions of Character Committee. The awards are posthumously named for Betty Etier, who was an NAIA Hall of Famer, RRAC Eligibility Chair for 18 years, and an associate professor and faculty athletics representative at Huston-Tillotson University (Texas). Etier made a lasting impression on everyone involved in the RRAC.
Blair, who was the RRAC nominee for the NAIA Leroy Walker Character Award last year, has shown tremendous commitment to his community, his studies, and the Bulldogs men's soccer team. He is a 3.90 GPA in Accounting who serves as the president of the National Association of Black Accountants. Among numerous achievements, he was named a White House HBCU All-Star and he is a soccer team leader. Blair has served more than 150 hours at the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter. He plans on attending Clark-Atlanta to pursue his CPA designation, and he secured a second internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Crittenden competed as a pitcher and first baseman on the Jaguars' conference runner-up softball team but, in her time away from school and athletics, she was committed to several charities. She volunteered for the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Habitat for Humanity, and Twin Pines Nursing Home. Crittenden also adopted a family for Thanksgiving and served as a mentor at UHV. The history major with a 3.2 GPA plans to become a softball coach and teach American Sign Language.
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