UHV Softball Player Earns Special Honor

A special off-the-field award for a UHV softball player. University of Houston-Victoria senior Savannah Crittenden has been recognized as the Red River Athletic Conference’s Character Athlete of the Week for Jan. 7-13.

As part of the RRAC’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program, the conference recognizes student-athletes from member schools that have exhibited a high level of scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. One student-athlete is selected each week based on their character and commitment to their schools and communities.

The senior pitcher/first baseman from La Porte, has contributed well both on and off the field for the Jaguars softball team. She has been named first team all-conference the past three seasons, was named the softball team’s MVP last year as well as an RRAC Scholar Athlete.

“Vanna is one of the most respectful students I have ever coached,” said UHV softball coach Lindsey Ortiz. “She treats everyone the same and always answers with yes ma’am or no ma’am. She always does the right thing, even when no one is there to hold her accountable.

“Vanna has been a huge part of UHV softball’s success. She is extremely dedicated to both her team and her studies. She works hard every day and is a shining example of what I want from kids in our program.”

Among the other Champions of Character qualities and activities she is involved in are:

* Participates in the HOSTS mentoring program on campus

* Volunteered for the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Habitat for Humanity and Twin Pines Nursing Home.

* Adopted a family for Thanksgiving through Mid-Coast Family Services.

* Raised money for cancer research.

* Enthusiastic participation on NAIA Champions of Character activities

* Puts the integrity of her team and sport above her individual accomplishments.

* Maintains a strong academic record while staying disciplined on the field.

The history major hopes to one day become a softball coach and teach American Sign Language.