Concordia University Texas senior women’s soccer captain and defender Dalaine Whitlock (Belton, Texas/Belton HS) was named one of 20 semifinalists for the 9th Annual Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award that is given annually to one collegiate and one professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others.
Whitlock never missed a start over four years as a defender on the CTX women’s soccer team and has been named all-conference three times. She came into a program that had never won more than four games in a season and helped the team record five victories as a freshman in 2009, 10 in 2010, 14 in 2011 and nine in 2012.-Off the field, Whitlock is in the second year of serving as the President of the Concordia University Texas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and as the National SAAC representative for the American Southwest Conference and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. She also served as Vice President of Concordia’s SAAC as a sophomore and has attended three NCAA National Conventions.
As SAAC President at Concordia, Whitlock helped start an Athletes for Athletes Program that began during the 2011-12 academic year and has been recognized by Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Public Relations. The program involves Concordia student-athletes going to support and volunteer at SOTX events in Austin and SOTX athletes coming to Concordia home events to support the Tornados in which all the game activities would be centered around them. She has helped organize several activities with SOTX athletes at CTX home games ranging from a unified basketball scrimmage, volleyball serving contest and introductions as well as autograph sessions at baseball and softball games.-On April 13, 2012, Concordia Texas Athletics received the 2012 Special Olympics Texas Area 13 award for “outstanding service from a civic/service organization,” and Whitlock was one of two representatives from Concordia invited to accept the award for her dedication and hard work to make the partnership between both groups a success. She also was among a select few individuals to receive a certificate of appreciation from the SOTX Area 13 office the same evening.
In addition to organizing Athletes for Athletes days for Concordia home sporting events, Whitlock has also helped secure her fellow student-athletes to be volunteers at numerous Special Olympics competitions in the area and has been volunteering at several Special Olympics events herself, which includes bowling, softball and flag football. As a behavioral sciences major, she completed internships with the area and state SOTX offices over the summer of 2012 and has continued overseeing the Athletes for Athletes Program during the 2012-13 academic year.
John Wooden , who won ten national championships during the years 1964-1975 as basketball coach at UCLA is regarded as the greatest college coach of any sport who ever lived. He is universally regarded as one of the finest human beings to ever grace the world of sports, and his character, conduct and selfless gifts stand at the highest level by any standard. When Coach Wooden learned about Athletes for a Better World, he gave authorization to attach his name to this annual award and he attended and addressed the inaugural event in Los Angeles in 2005. In his honor, the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes, one collegiate and one professional ,for their character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sport and society. -Whitlock was among five Division III student-athletes in the country to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious honor. The list also includes notable names such as USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. a Heisman Trophy finalist.