Dalton Risner added a new type of award to his growing collection on Tuesday when he was chosen Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year.
The senior Kansas State right tackle won the honor after displaying a combination of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement on top of his on-field contributions to the K-State football team during the 2017-18 academic year.
Risner, a three-year starter for the Wildcats, is expected to be one of the nation's top offensive linemen this upcoming season. But the Big 12 honored him this week for different reasons.
They include: starting the RiseUp Foundation, which encourages individuals to rise above evil and provide guidance for others. He also visits Buttonwood Special Needs Home every week and has formed a close relationship with a member named Mike. Risner is also a Big Brother to a boy named Kaden, who is battling leukemia, and regularly writes inspirational letters to children in need of a pick-me-up.
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Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker is the Big 12's Female Sportsperson of the Year. Parker, a former star at Truman High School, guided the Sooners to a pair of national championships and earned All-America status four times.
Away from the diamond, Parker has volunteered with the Oklahoma Kids Korral and Rivermont Senior Center.