UHV Softball Player Earns New Conference Honor

A UHV softball player earns a brand new conference award. The University of Houston-Victoria’s Savannah Crittenden was one of two Red River Athletic Conference student-athletes to be named the inaugural RRAC Betty Etier Characters Athletes of the Year recipients.

Crittenden and Jarvis Christian College’s Wendon Blair were announced as the winners of the award on Wednesday.

Initiated this year, the award will be given annually to one male and one female RRAC student-athlete who best represent the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program (respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and servant leadership). To be eligible, student-athletes must have been recognized as an RRAC Character Athlete of the Week during the previous academic year. All 2016-17 weekly selections were candidates in voting by the RRAC Champions of Character committee.

The awards are posthumously named for Betty Etier, who was an NAIA Hall of Famer, RRAC Eligibility Chair for 18 years, and an associate professor and faculty athletic representative at Huston-Tillotson University. Etier made a lasting impression on everyone involved in the RRAC.

Crittenden competed as a pitcher and first baseman for the Jaguars’ conference runner-up softball team but, in her time away from school and athletics, she was committed to several charities.

The senior from La Porte, volunteered for the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Habitat for Humanity, and Twin Pines Nursing Home. Crittenden also adopted a family for Thanksgiving and served as a mentor at the elementary and secondary schools in Victoria.

“Vanna is one of the most respectful students that I have ever coached,” said UHV softball coach Lindsey Ortiz. “She treats everyone the same way and always answers with yes ma’am and no

ma’am. She always does the right thing, even when no one is there to hold her accountable. She works hard every day and is a shining example of what I want from kids in our program.”

A history major, Crittenden hopes to become a softball coach and teach American Sign Language.