Big 12 Recognizes Kucera's Efforts

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 17, 2007

Oct. 17, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- Senior midfielder Allyson Kucera was the recipient of this week's Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Award presented by the Big 12 Conference.

The Sooners' captain has started every game for Oklahoma this season with two goals scored in the Sooners' latest win, but still takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer at different middle schools in the area once a week.  Kucera also leads a bible study one night a week for high school girls and serves as a volunteer coach for a local girls' soccer team.

"Ally has grown into not just a great student athlete, but an exceptional leader on and off the field for us," said OU head coach Randy Evans.  "She is extremely deserving of this award and has come a long way from the shy freshman that showed up on campus three-plus years ago.  Ally is an individual that you know is going to be successful after college."

Chick-Fil-A and the Big 12 recognize 36 student-athletes each year (three from each Big 12 school) for their outstanding contributions to community efforts. Nominated by each school , the first 12 Community of Champions recipients will also be acknowledged at the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Football Championship Game, as Chick-Fil-A makes another donation to the general scholarship fund of every Big 12 institution for supporting community involvement amongst its student-athletes.

Kucera will be featured on this week's Big 12 Showcase, aired on Fox Sports Net Southwest (Cox channel 37 in Oklahoma City) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Sooners are in action this weekend to begin a four-game home stand with Texas Tech on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.  The Sooners will also host Butler (Oct. 21), Colorado (Oct. 26) and No. 4 Texas (Oct. 28) during the home stand, OU's longest of the season.

Click here to read more about this weekend and watch video from Tuesday's practice with head coach Randy Evans discussing the season.



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