Former Oklahoma softball star Paige Parker won the 2017-18 Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year award on Tuesday.
The league announced Parker and Kansas State football’s Dalton Risner as their female and male Sportsperson of the Year recipients, respectively.
The annual award recognizes student-athletes who “display an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement.”
Parker finished her career at Oklahoma with a third consecutive Women’s College World Series appearance and fourth-consecutive Big 12 Pitcher of the Year award.
She was outstanding last season as the Sooners’ ace.
Parker couldn’t help Oklahoma to a third consecutive NCAA national championship. The two she’s already won still solidified her as one of the best pitchers to come through Norman, Okla.
USSSA Pride selected Parker with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft.
Beyond the field
Parker isn’t just an extraordinary softball player.
She is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and the 2018 Big 12 Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winner.
She also boasts community service experience. Parker has volunteered with OK Kids Korral, the Rivermont Senior Center, the Oklahoma City Children’s Hospital and Washington Elementary School, according to a release.