Monzon and Salazar selected as Character Athletes of the Week

As part of the Red River Athletic Conference’s (RRAC) 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. Two student-athletes are selected each week as RRAC Character Athletes of the Week based on their character and commitment to their schools and communities. Softball’s Kaitlyn Salazar and and Men’s Basketball’s Ruben Monzon are the third duo to be recognized for the 2019-2020 academic year.

RRAC Character Athletes of the Week

Kaitlyn Salazar, Our Lady of the Lake University
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Antonio
Major: Kinesiology
GPA: 3.52
Champions of Character Qualities/Activities:

  • Appointed to head up the Community Service Committee to coordinate team activities in the area
  • Took charge of team gatherings and meals during special team-building sessions before the season started
  • Planned all home game honorees, scheduling different dignitaries to throw out the first pitch before each home game
  • Tapped local firefighters, law enforcement representatives, other first-responders, cancer survivors and youth groups
  • Organized many more community outings, but they were canceled in the wake of COVID-19
  • Earned RRAC scholar-athlete recognition

Future Plans: Kaitlyn plans to use her degree to become a physical therapist.

Coach’s Perspective: (OLLU Softball Coach Bruce Lenington) “We are truly lucky to have Kaitlyn on our squad. She has provided a great service to our team by planning our community projects, plus she is a valuable part of our team on the field.”

Ruben Monzon, Our Lady of the Lake University
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Major: Cyber Security
GPA: 3.75
Champions of Character Qualities/Activities:

  • Frequent volunteer with the Baseball Embassy’s Youth Ambassador Program, which serves homeless and underprivileged youth
  • Earned RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition
  • Helped with several campus initiatives including cleaning up after homecoming events and taking Christmas decorations down
  • Tutors teammates on a variety of subjects putting into practice his success as having one of our highest student-athlete GPAs
  • Named to the OLLU Dean’s List

Future Plans: After graduating, Ruben is interested in extending his playing career, perhaps in Europe. He also plans to earn a master’s degree and to consider a career in computer programming.

Administrator’s Perspective: (Our Lady of the Lake Basketball Coach Chris Dial) “Ruben has been a great addition to our squad. His leadership on the court is invaluable, and his willingness to take charge of the team off the court has been greatly appreciated.”