Ooltewah's Nicole McKinney has been named the female honoree of the B. Frank Turner Award at Lincoln Memorial University. The award is given annually to the most exemplary male and female models of the quintessential student-athlete, displaying a balance of high-level athletic performance
community service and academic excellence.
McKinney was an All-SAC Honorable Mention selection after pitching in seven goals and two assists this season for the Lady Railsplitters, who finished 10-8-1 and saw their season end in the title game of the 2013 Food Lion SAC Championship.
She carries a cumulative 3.94 GPA, as she became the first two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree in the history of either the men's or women's soccer programs. For her work in the classroom, McKinney was endowed with the Inex and James Stiner Scholar academic scholarship.
Off the field and outside of the classroom, McKinney is a member of the Alpha Chi society, a Lincoln Ambassador and she serves as a member of the LMU Student Activities Boards. She also participated in the ROHO Shopping Spree, but her most significant contribution will gain traction next fall. At that time, she will begin the implementation of the "Abe's Kids" mentoring program.
Each of the six department-wide award winners will have their names engraved on plagues residing in the LMU Athletic Coaches Suite in Tex Turner Arena.