Another moment in history was marked Friday at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks All-Sports Awards Ceremony. The first Linda Moffitt Leadership in Courage Award was awarded to cross country runner, Cheyenne Greenside by Vice Chancellor Keith Champagneat the Schaible Auditorium on the UAF Campus.
After his arrival on UAF’s campus four months ago, Dr. Champagne noticed the Women Who Dared plaque dedicated to Linda Moffitt near the gym at the Patty Center. After reading the letter, which Linda wrote to the Office of Civil Rights in 1973, he reflected on the courage it must have taken for Linda to write that letter, which described the inequalities at the UAF athletic department. He felt that UAF should have an award in her honor, so that others will remember the courageous leadership Linda demonstrated by following her heart to “do the right thing.” Because of Dr. Champagne’s commitment to providing equal opportunity to all students, the Linda Moffitt Leadership in Courage Award was created for a female student-athlete whose actions have demonstrated leadership to promote social justice, equality, diversity, and equal opportunity for women. Nominated by women coaches, staff, and athletes. Selected by the UAF Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
At the presentation of the first Linda Moffitt Leadership in Courage Award, Dr. Champagne expressed his gratitude for Linda’s vision to make the situation better for others, for fighting for women athletes when campus administrators didn’t care, and for building a sturdy bridge for the future of women athletes.
As Dr. Champagne presented the award to Cheyenne Greenside, a senior majoring in Natural Resource Management from Ravensdale, Washington, he shared Cheyenne’s involvement on the UAF Title IX Committee. “Serving as a student athlete she has provided excellent insight from the student athlete perspective. She has been provocative and outspoken in the Committee and has added significantly value through her involvement. Cheyenne is a courageous leader.”
Cheyenne is running across the country this summer from San Francisco to New York to raise awareness and money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. She is dedicating one of her 50- days of running to the memory of Linda Moffitt.