April 6, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - In recognition of National Student-Athlete Day (April 6), Oklahoma's women's basketball player LaNeishea Caufield and men's golf J.D. Robertson were named as 1999-2000 Big 12 Community Outreach Award recipients, as announced by the league office today. Caufield and Robertson, two of the 19 student-athletes awarded the honor by the conference, received the recognition for their exemplary volunteer efforts in the local community.

Caufield has spent time visiting Children's Hospitals and cancer wards and volunteering with City Sites, Meals on Wheels, the Boys & Girls Club and church food drives. The sophomore from Ada, Okla., joins her teammates in several other community service projects such as speaking to youth groups, serving as a "Sooner Big Sis" and adopting youth basketball players from a Norman area elementary school.

Robertson, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., volunteers his efforts to the Lincoln Elementary Mentor/Pen Pal program, the American Red Cross, the Oklahoma Youth Center, Secret Santa Program, Clubs for Kids and the Sooner Housing Center Haunted House for children. He also serves as the vice-president of OU's Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is a representative to the Big 12 Student-Athlete Advisory Council and OU's Athletics Council.

"These student-athletes are sterling examples in their home and campus communitites," said Big 12 Associate Commissioner and former Sooner Academic All-American Dr. Prentice Gautt. "They have given their time and talents to make both the university and their adjacent community a better place to live. They are truly willing and able to devote the effort to serve as role models for their fellow students, student-athletes and all the people with whom they come into contact."

Each award winner was nominated by their respective institutions.