Onakoya Earns C-USA Spirit of Service Award

A. Onakoya

June 11, 2013

Irving, Texas – UTEP track and field’s Abiola Onakoya was named a 2013 Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service honoree on Tuesday.

The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based on significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. 

Onakoya represents character for the Miners as one of the captains of the 2013 track team. The sprinter lead the men’s 4x400m relay team to an NCAA Championship appearance after posting a personal-best time of 3:06.88 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. The squad’s time went down in the UTEP recordbook as the fourth-fastest time in program history. The junior went on to claim two gold (400m and 4x400m relay) and one bronze medal (200m) at the 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championships, guiding the men’s team to their first championship title since 2008.

A native of Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, Onakoya also accumulated 20 hours of community service hours during the 2012-13 season volunteering his time to serve the El Paso community. He helped UTEP’s Project Move by offering assistance to La Posada Home by aiding in house renovations and playing with children from the community. Onakoya was an academic decathlon judge for a middle school and provided children with valuable feedback for future competitions. The junior was an active member of UTEP’s Let’s SAAC Hunger campaign and volunteered at the Miracle League of El Paso and the 50/50 raffle collecting donations for the student advisory committee.

Onakoya will return next season to represent the Orange and Blue on the track as a senior.  



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