Debbie Brown, Holy Cross Onyx Club moderator and Director of Human Resources, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program. More than 100 student-athletes featured in the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign have been given the opportunity to recognize a teacher who made a lasting impact during their academic journey.
Alumna Lanay Montgomery ’12, who is one of the “Big 12 Champions for Life” student-athletes nominated Debbie for the award. In her nomination, Lanay wrote, “She had a great impact on my high school transition. With the help of Ms. Brown, I grew to love and learn a lot about my alma mater!” In addition to moderating the Onyx Club, Debbie is a passionate Holy Cross basketball supporter and fan. She remarked, “I am extremely honored and appreciative of this recognition. Lanay is a wonderful young lady and I have been so proud of her accomplishments at West Virginia University. I look forward to her continued success in the WNBA.”
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby noted, “One of our goals with this initiative is to tell the often-overlooked stories of our student athletes. A huge part of these stories are the teachers and coaches who have helped our student-athletes grow as individuals and have left a lasting, positive impact.”
Debbie will designate the grant to support technology assistance in the classroom.