INDIANAPOLIS – The Top 30 honorees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award were named by the Woman of the Year selection committee earlier today with Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Woman of the Year Christine-Evette Ngeve of Shaw University being among those honored.
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.
This year’s 30 honorees are remarkable women, representing well the thousands of women competing each year in college sports,” said Karen Baebler, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and assistant athletics director for sport operations at the University of Washington. “They have excelled in sports and academics while serving their peers and communities, and we congratulate them for their many achievements.”
The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. From there, the pool was narrowed by conference offices and a selection committee to move forward 151 nominees for consideration. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports — including, for the first time, equestrian and rifle — and studied a broad range of academic majors, including neuroscience, anthropology, economics, chemical engineering, political science and communication.
In early October, the selection committee will announce the nine finalists, made up of three women from each NCAA division. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.