Charlotte, NC (July 8th, 2019) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) Association sub-committee have selected the 2019 CIAA Woman of the Year. This year’s honorees include volleyball student-athletes Christine Ngeve of Shaw University and Teeya McLean from Fayetteville State University.
Ngeve and McLean will both represent the conference as considerations for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which accepts two honorees if at least one of the student-athletes is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
Ngeve, a Greensboro, NC native, was a Psychology major with a minor in Social Work at Shaw University, making the Dean’s List all four years and graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.76 grade point average. She is an active member in her community, spending time as a volunteer for several organizations – including One Step Further and The Passage Home – while also serving as a Crisis Text Line Counselor. Ngeve also served in various leadership roles on campus at Shaw, including Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Chief of Staff for the organization Queen in You, Secretary/Peer Mentor for R.I.S.E. against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and Secretary/Chaplain for her chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. A three-sport athlete during her time at Shaw, Ngeve was a two-time CIAA champion in volleyball and an All-Rookie selection in softball while also competing in track & field for the Bears.
McLean, a native of Tacoma, WA, graduated Summa Cum Laude this past May with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Carrying a 3.80 grade point average, she was a three-time member of the Chancellor’s list and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society. In her community, McLean spends time volunteering for the Red Cross, serving as a counselor at volleyball camps, and mentoring youth at Westarea Elementary and Pine Forest and E.E. Smith High School. Athletically, the two-sport standout was named to the CIAA All-Conference Team as a middle hitter and Fayetteville State’s Most Valuable Player in 2018 and was also a member of the Broncos bowling team that went 51-0 in the CIAA during the regular season, finishing with a 57-13 overall record and a runner-up finish at the CIAA Championship.
A record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 nominees from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
Ngeve and McLean now move on to the next phase as the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will identify the Top 30 – 10 from each division – and from there select three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics then selects the winner from the nine finalists.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2019 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.
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About the NCAA Woman of the Year Award
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.