ST. LOUIS – Indiana State sophomore Kasey Kahle was named a recipient of the State Farm Good Neighbor Award. She is one of nine Missouri Valley Conference athletes selected by league commissioner Doug Elgin as honorees for the spring season which were announced today by the league office.
In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference, in partnership with State Farm, has created the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award.
Kahle has a 3.9578 grade point average while majoring in mathematics education at Indiana State. She was name to the Indiana State Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll.
In addition to her academic and athletic abilities, Kahle was also honored for her work in the community. She has been instrumental in a variety of programs throughout the Wabash Valley including the “Go Figure” program at the Children’s Museum, National Student-Athlete Day with the Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Race for the Cure. She has also raised money for Special Olympics and a member of the Missouri Valley Conference Student Athlete Advisory Council.
Other honorees for the spring season included: Denise Jilka, Bradley, senior (softball); Kyle Obermeier, Creighton, junior (men’s tennis); Allison Aguilera, Evansville, junior (softball); John Navarro, Illinois State, senior (track & field); Emily Matthews, Missouri State, junior (golf); Eranne Daugharthy, Northern Iowa, senior (softball); Mallory Duran, Southern Illinois, junior (softball); and Brian Beachum, Wichita State, senior (track & field).
Kahle joins Indiana State senior men’s basketball player Aaron Carter who was honored for the winter season, and junior women’s soccer player Emily Lahay who was honored for the fall season.
In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport during the season of recognition. The Valley recognizes 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring) for a total of 30 honorees.
State Farm Insurance is a long-time sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference and sponsors all 18 MVC championship events. Also, State Farm is a prominent sponsor of the league’s television network and a sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference’s community outreach program, “Just Read!”