Okonkwo to Represent Big 12 at NCAA Level
April 6, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s basketball junior Amy Okonkwo has been named one of two new Big 12 Conference student-athlete representatives to NCAA autonomy governance, the league office announced on Thursday.
As a conference representative, Okonkwo will have a vote on proposed rule changes under the NCAA’s Division I autonomy governance process at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis in January. The purpose of student-athlete representatives is to provide a voice and a vote to enhance the student-athlete experience, and to create more transparency in the decision-making process.
“I’m extremely excited to represent student-athletes not only from TCU, but the entire Big 12,” Okonkwo said. “I am grateful for this opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. I’m looking forward to meeting all the representatives and working together to make the student-athlete experience are great as it can be.”
“We are incredibly proud for Amy to have the opportunity to represent TCU and the Big 12 Conference on a national level,” said Gretchen Bouton, TCU Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. “There’s only 15 student-athletes selected out of the 65 Autonomy member institutions, so to have one of those is really exciting.”
Okonkwo and Oklahoma State football’s Brad Lundblade have been named new representatives and join Texas Tech baseball’s Anthony Lyons who is already a representative. The three join three representatives from each of the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Pac 12 and Southeastern conferences to form 15 votes on all proposed autonomy legislation. The representatives can serve until their graduation.
In all, 80 members vote on each piece of proposed legislation. That number includes one representative from each of the 65 autonomy conference member institutions and the 15 student-athlete representatives.
Okonkwo just completed her first season of competition at TCU after transferring from USC in 2015. She was third on the team with 10.2 points per game and second with 5.5 rebounds per game. The sports psychology major was also a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection in her first season of eligibility for the award.
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