Anna Dong (Texas Tech women’s golf) and Brock Purdy (Iowa State soccer) have been named recipients of the 2021-22 Big 12 Sportsmanship Awards, the conference announced.
The awards, previously called Sportsperson of the Year, began in 2000-2001 to annually recognize student-athletes who have demonstrated an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. This year’s winners were selected by a panel of 10 media outlets.
One of the most active student-athletes on the Texas Tech campus, Anna Dong is the vice chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and will be the student-athlete representative for the Texas Tech Athletic Advisory Committee for the 2022- 23 years. She helped the golf program lead all female teams at Texas Tech in community service contributions and participated in programs such as Suited for Success, Wreck ‘Em Prep and the NCAA Career Sports Forum.
She was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 winner and a two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar. The Guangzhou, China native is regularly honored on Texas Tech’s President’s and Dean’s lists.
On the course, she is known as an ideal playing partner due to her friendly personality and her ability to befriend almost anyone. Dong averaged 73.3 shots per round as the Red Raiders advanced to NCAA Regionals.
Purdy was the Iowa State football team advocate for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, presenting to groups, conducting Bible studies and speaking engagements, with little notoriety for his contributions. He has participated in events such as Night to Shine, a special needs ball, Iowa State’s Victory Day, an event for people with disabilities to participate in exercises at Jack Trice Stadium, and Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids. He has visited local high school students, both as a keynote speaker for Fields of Faith and with regular in-person and Zoom visits.
Purdy was selected twice to the CoSIDA All-America Academic Second Team and three times to the All-Big 12 Academic First Team. The Gilbert, Arizona native graduated with honors with a degree in Communication Studies .
Purdy was the ISU starting quarterback for 46 straight games and finished his career with an Iowa State-best 32. After the season, he was selected in the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Schools were given the opportunity to submit nominations for the Big 12 Male and Female Sportsmanship Award. Nominees included: Jason Baldridge (Baylor Men’s Athletics), Ruby Chou (Iowa State Women’s Golf), Hannah Coleman (Oklahoma State Equestrian), Ivana Corley (Iowa State Women’s Tennis) Oklahoma), Pat Fields (Oklahoma football), Daton Fix (Oklahoma State wrestling), Shelby Gayre (Kansas softball), Sabrina Iqbal (TCU women’s golf), Kassidy Johnson (women’s cross country/athletics Kansas State), Sean Mahone (West Virginia Soccer), David McCormack (Kansas Men’s Basketball), Jacqueline McCutchan (West Virginia Women’s Swimming and Diving), Haley Peterson (Baylor Riding), Luke Savage (Baseball TCU), Tejaswin Shankar (Kansas State Men’s Athletics), and Bryson Williams (Texas Tech Men’s Basketball).