ABERDEEN, S.D. – Presentation College’s Mallori Rabenberg (SR/Britton, SD) has been chosen to represent the North Star Athletic Conference (NSAA) as the 2017 nominee for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award.
“We are proud of Mallori and all she has done for the campus and Aberdeen community,” noted Athletic Director, Greg Heier. “She is an excellent example of a student-athlete who successfully competes in athletics, excels in the classroom and serves others. Our mission at Presentation College is to develop the whole person and Mallori is a person that has done exactly that in her time here.”
The award, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA, honors a student-athlete who excels in athletics and academics and is committed to the Champions of Character program.
To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be a junior academic status or above and has demonstrated outstanding academic success, athletic achievement, campus and community leadership while embracing the five core values (integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership) of the Champions of Character program.
“Mallori is a true student-athlete who succeeds in the classroom, on the court, and in the community,” said Head Volleyball Coach Chelsey Albrecht. “Mallori believes in and lives out each of the NAIA Core Values on a daily basis. We are honored to have Mallori represent our volleyball program, Presentation College, the Aberdeen community, and the NAIA. She is well deserving of this award.”
Rabenberg is an advocate of community outreach and volunteered her time with activities such as Kids against Hunger, the Salvation Army, Adopt-a-Highway, Aberdeen Homeless Coalition, and much more. Not only does she put in the time and effort for the local community, she also excels in the classroom. Rabenberg is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Biology and an associate in Chemistry. Furthermore, she serves on the student government board as the senior class vice president and was recently voted as the Biology Club’s president for the 2017-18 school year.
The Britton, SD native enters her fourth season with the Saints and has posted 499 kills, 86 assists, and is 74 digs away from breaking 1,000. Last season she broke multiple career-highs, which included a 43-dig night against Grace University. She also ranks 6th on the all-time kills list for the PC Volleyball program.
The national award recipient is announced publically during NAIA National Awards Day in September. The winner will be presented with a plaque and recognized at an annual function in conjunction with the NAIA National Convention.