WVU Tech's LaKisha Adkins selected as SHAPE America Major of the Year


Senior athletic coaching education major LaKisha Adkins was named a SHAPE America Major of the Year. The recognition is awarded to outstanding junior and senior students in health, physical education, recreation and dance fields who have excelled academically and have provided a service to the school or community.

Adkins is active in the University’s Sports Studies Club and was a starter in women’s basketball at WVU Tech, where she played all four years. In her time at Tech, Adkins was awarded the Champion of Character Award in basketball as a freshman and was named to the Second Team All-Conference during her senior year. She was also a Dean’s List student during her junior and senior years.

The Huntington, West Virginia, native graduates in May and plans to pursue a master’s degree in early childhood education. She also hopes to serve as an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball assistant coach.

Adkins said she’s humbled by the award from an organization she deeply respects.
“The importance of SHAPE America is to get everyone involved in physical activity for a healthier lifestyle. Physical activity provides numerous benefits as well as creating lifelong skills,” she said. “Receiving this award was very special to me. Only one student from every school with a physical education program is selected, so I am honored to have won this award and to represent WVU Tech as the major of the year.”

Adkins traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to receive the award on Thursday, April 7 at the SHAPE America National Convention.