NORMAN — "The thing I most appreciate about Lyndsey is that she was always game," Coale said. "It didn't matter. She was never too cool for anything. Whatever we wanted to do, she dove in head first. Her enthusiasm, with her approach to that bled into her teammates and she became a leader. "
The honors were not just limited to the team as the Sooners thanked their fans and commended two with special honors.
Julia Chew, local State Farm Insurance agent and Sooner Stilettos president, was recognized with the Sooner Service Award.
"She serves on more boards and is involved in more things in the communities of Norman and Oklahoma City than anyone I know," Coale said. "Yet, she agreed to take on the presidency of our Stilettos and has done an amazing job with that group this year."
Kay Tangner, volunteer coordinator at the Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association, was named the recipient of the Mary Jane Noble Humanitarian Award.
"Kay has an amazingly difficult job and she's done it for over 20 years. When I last spoke to her to check on one of the kids who had been a Special Spectator, there had been a miraculous shrinkage of her tumor. It was unbelievable news. We talked about another little guy that underwent a cutting-edge therapy and it was working.
"As we rejoiced about that news, she said, ‘We've lost seven this month.' Seven children -- that is what her job is: continually building relationships with kids and saying goodbye to them far too soon. She is an angel on this planet."