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Claflin’s McKie, Winston-Salem State’s Chambers Selected as CIAA Woman of the Year Honorees

Charlotte, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) Association sub-committee have selected the 2020 CIAA Woman of the Year. This year’s honorees include Faith McKie of Claflin University and Daijah Chambers from Winston-Salem State University.

McKie and Chambers will both represent the conference as considerations for the 2020 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.

A Columbia, SC native, McKie majored in Sports Management with a double minor in Spanish and Business Administration, making the Dean’s List or President’s Honor List all four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.97 grade point average in May. She is an active member in her community where she volunteers for several organizations and causes, including the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the ‘Get out the Vote’ initiative, and local food shelters. A constant leader on campus, McKie served as a tutor and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for Claflin Athletics while establishing a mentoring program for young women called ‘Fit for a Queen’. Oven the past year, McKie has been selected as a queen twice as she was crowned 2019-2020 Miss Claflin University and 2020 Miss CIAA while also being recognized as a Top 10 HBCU Campus Queen by Ebony Magazine. McKie was a three-sport athlete (indoor and outdoor track & field, cross country) and received all-conference honors in both indoor and outdoor track & field during her career. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Chambers, a native of Richmond, VA, graduated Cum Laude this past May with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and was a member of the Dean’s List all four years at WSSU, carrying a cumulative 3.45 grade point average. She spends time volunteering in her community at the Ronald McDonald House, Odd Fellows Cemetery, and Hall Woodward Elementary School while also serving as a volunteer during WSSU Freshman Week over the last three years. Athletically, Chambers was an All-CIAA and All-American standout in softball as a second baseman. In 2019, she helped the Rams win the CIAA Softball Championship and made history with a win at the NCAA Regional Tournament, becoming the first CIAA team to achieve this feat in recent memory.

A program-record pool of 605 school nominees, 161 college athletes have been named conference-level nominees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The nominees represent student-athletes from 21 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those nominated, 59 nominees competed in Division I, 39 in Division II and 63 in Division III.

McKie and Chambers now move on to the next phase as the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from the conference-level nominees. The Top 30 honorees will be announced in September.

From there, the selection committee will narrow the pool to three finalists from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named this fall.

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