“A Good Neighbor”
Drake junior Sarah Yeager (Ottumwa, Iowa) was one of 10 Missouri Valley Conference athletes to be honored with the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday.
Yeager, a sprinter and hurdler on the track squad, serves as the co-president of the Drake Student-Athlete Advisory Council and represented Drake at the NCAA Leadership Conference last year. A health sciences major, Yeager is in the midst of an internship at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Additionally, she has volunteered with Meals From The Heartland, at the Blank’s Children Hospital and Blankets for Bulldogs, which is a youth activity where they tied blankets for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers “Sarah is one of the many individuals on our team that is always on the go,” commented head coach Natasha Brown. “Even while being a Division I athlete and studying health sciences, she finds the time to give back to the community and epitomizes the Drake University student. I’m so proud of Sarah for being recognized for her accomplishments.”
Yeager was recognized for her achievements along with fellow winter sport athletes including Charonn Woods of Bradley, Matthew Orward of Creighton, Colt Ryan of Evansville, Jeanette Nolte of Illinois State, Andrea Rademacher of Indiana State, Christiana Shorter of Missouri State, Chelsea Hartman of Northern Iowa, Harry Whitt of Southern Illinois and Jaclyn Abrahamian of Wichita State.
In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.
The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Institutions select their Good Neighbor Award honorees. State Farm Insurance is a long-time sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference and serves as title sponsor for all 18 MVC championship events. Also, State Farm is a prominent sponsor of the league’s television network and a sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference’s community outreach program.