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Gordon and Mann selected as conference 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 who have exhibited a high level of scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. Each week, student-athletes are selected as RRAC Character Athletes of the Week based on character and commitment to their schools and communities. Dailyn Mann and Tamaj Gordon of OLLU are the fourth group to be recognized for the 2021-2022 academic year.

RRAC Character Athletes of the Week

Dailyn Mann, Our Lady of the Lake University
Sport:
 Volleyball
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Cibolo, Texas
Major: Mass Communications
GPA: 3.11
Champions of Character Qualities/Activities:

  • Winner in the Queen of Soul pageant at the 2022 San Antonio Fiesta
  • Exhibited charm, poise and self-esteem as part of the Fiesta contest
  • Described as an ideal representation of her community, school and church
  • Endured a vigorous qualification regimen while guiding her team to a divisional title in the RRAC
  • Juggled pageant duties, school work and team responsibilities

Future Plans: Dailyn would like to be an on-air reporter making a positive impact on the community. 

Administrator’s Perspectives: (OLLU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. George Williams) “When you hear the title Queen of Soul, most people think about the great/late Ms. Aretha Franklin. However, OLLU and the City of San Antonio have their own Queen of Soul. I am so proud of Dailyn Mann for being crowned San Antonio Queen of Soul. She is not only amazing in her academics and on the volleyball court, but she’s proven herself to join the rich history of the Queen of Soul royal court as part of the annual Fiesta celebrations and by participating in various civic activities for the City of San Antonio. The need to have full representation in our African-American community is important as this organization allows young women from San Antonio to receive scholarships to further their educational goals. Queen Dailyn is a powerful representation of African-American women as she brings her magnetic energy coupled with a bit of comic relief. It’s been a pleasure to know her as an OLLU student as she brings so much of her talents to our university. I am proud of her.”

(OLLU Volleyball Head Coach Scott Mattera): “Dailyn lights up a room with her energy, and she keeps everyone laughing. She especially balances everything with a ‘get the job done’ mentality that everyone respects. She embodies so much of what our program is all about – trust, love and greatness for others.”

Tamaj Gordon, Our Lady of the Lake University
Sport:
 Track and Field
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Major: Kinesiology
GPA: 3.0
Champions of Character Qualities/Activities:

  • Earned RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition
  • Served as an intern in the OLLU sports information office this year
  • Demonstrates respect and responsibility by providing much-needed support to the program’s sports information team
  • Serves as a correspondent at all OLLU track and field meets to ensure proper coverage
  • Contributes as a videographer and excels at capturing the spirit and sportsmanship of all teams at OLLU
  • Exceeded expectations with his creativity and storytelling
  • Recognized by the entire OLLU community and coaches for his promotional contributions
  • Upon the sudden passing of longtime OLLU broadcaster Michael Thompson, participated in memorial activities as track and field representative

Future Plans: Tamaj would like to be a high school history teacher and track and field coach. 

Administrator’s Perspective: (OLLU Sports Information Director Patty Constantin) “Tamaj has been a Godsend for our office. He does all of our gameday graphics and other graphics at a moment’s notice when records are broken or significant achievements are made. His storytelling through his camera is a great asset to our department, and we appreciate all he does for us.”

Zerina Shatri selected as RRAC Character Athlete 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 who have exhibited a high level of scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. Each week, student-athletes are selected as RRAC Character Athletes of the Week based on character and commitment to their schools and communities. Zerina Shatri of OLLU is the fourth student-athlete to be recognized for the 2020-2021 academic year.

RRAC Character Athlete of the Week

Zerina Shatri, Our Lady of the Lake University
Sports:
 Basketball
Year: Senior
Hometown: Istog, Kosovo
Major: Kinesiology
GPA: 3.75
Champions of Character Qualities/Activities:

  • Volunteered at the Ides Partnership to help Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian minorities
  • Assisted a physical therapist with children to gain experience
  • Cleans Badovc Lake in her hometown with other volunteers and sisters
  • Coaches youth basketball players along with her uncle and shares her playing experience
  • Joined the OLLU team in spending time with residents at Kindred Hospice
  • Volunteered for the San Antonio Food Bank to support senior citizens
  • Cooked for families at the San Antonio Ronald McDonald House
  • Cleaned facilities inside her church as a volunteer for the Sisters of the Divine Providence
  • Contributed time to help with the Embassy Basketball Camp last year at OLLU
  • Donated time to the OLLU Sport and Leadership Academy
  • Assisted an OLLU professor in conducting the FIT KIDS GAMES event
  • Took academic and athletic responsibilities seriously
  • Fulfilled her role on the team with humility and respect

Future Plans: Shatri’s goal is to be a successful physical therapist. She would like to stay in the U.S. and pursue her master’s degree to become an athletic trainer. She plans to get experience either in physical therapy or as an athletic trainer so she can share her knowledge and experience with others in Kosovo.

Coach’s Perspective: (OLLU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stacy Stephens) “Zerina is a very intelligent, funny and hard-working young woman. She graduated in May 2021. She was on the Dean’s List almost every semester here and was the starting center for the 2020-2021 women’s basketball team. She loves to sight see and embrace different cultures. She is always willing to help others and watching her grow and mature into the amazing young woman she is has been a highlight in my coaching career.”  

Zerina Shatri selected as RRAC Character Athlete 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 who have exhibited a high level of scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. Each week, student-athletes are selected as RRAC Character Athletes of the Week based on character and commitment to their schools and communities. Zerina Shatri of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is the fourth student-athlete to be recognized for the 2020-2021 academic year.

RRAC Character Athlete of the Week

Zerina Shatri, Our Lady of the Lake University
Sports:
 Basketball
Year: Senior
Hometown: Istog, Kosovo
Major: Kinesiology
GPA: 3.75
Champions of Character Qualities/Activities:

  • Volunteered at the Ides Partnership to help Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian minorities
  • Assisted a physical therapist with children to gain experience
  • Cleans Badovc Lake in her hometown with other volunteers and sisters
  • Coaches youth basketball players along with her uncle and shares her playing experience
  • Joined the OLLU team in spending time with residents at Kindred Hospice
  • Volunteereed for the San Antonio Food Bank to support senior citizens
  • Cooked for families at the San Antonio Ronald McDonald House
  • Cleaned facilities inside her church as a volunteer for the Sisters of the Divine Providence
  • Contributed time to help with the Embassy Basketball Camp last year at OLLU
  • Donated time to the OLLU Sport and Leadership Academy
  • Assisted an OLLU professor in conducting the FIT KIDS GAMES event
  • Took academic and athletic responsibilities seriously
  • Fulfilled her role on the team with humility and respect

Future Plans: Shatri’s goal is to be a successful physical therapist. She would like to stay in the U.S. and pursue her master’s degree to become an athletic trainer. She plans to get experience either in physical therapy or as an athletic trainer so she can share her knowledge and experience with others in Kosovo.

Coach’s Perspective: (OLLU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stacy Stephens) “Zerina is a very intelligent, funny and hard-working young woman. She graduated in May 2021. She was on the Dean’s List almost every semester here and was the starting center for the 2020-2021 women’s basketball team. She loves to sight see and embrace different cultures. She is always willing to help others and watching her grow and mature into the amazing young woman she is has been a highlight in my coaching career.”