Tech’s Tabaracci named Walker recipient

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Montana Tech’s Katie Tabaracci is the Frontier Conference’s recipient of the Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award, the school announced today.

Montana Tech will honor Tabaracci during the men’s basketball game halftime this Saturday. The Orediggers host Montana Western at the HPER Complex.

The award is named after Dr. Walker, President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee who served as president through the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games and former president of the NAIA.

The Dr. LeRoy Walker Award is one of the most prestigious honors given out by the NAIA. The award recognizes a student-athlete who excels in athletics and academics and is committed to the Champions of Character program’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Tabaracci, a senior outside hitter, just finished her final season with the Orediggers. The Missoula native is majoring in Biological Studies. She is involved in numerous service activities. Tabaracci is a science tutor and has volunteered with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Project. She is also involved with Special Olympics and the Missoula Marathon. In 2014, she received Montana Tech’s “Athletes In Service Award” given by the Governor and the Montana Campus Compact for her volunteerism and service to the community.

The Frontier Conference named her Academic All-Conference three times and she was selected Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete twice.

— Montana Tech

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