Sherri Coale, a 1987 OC graduate, was selected for a United Nations peace award in the coaching category yesterday. Coale, who coaches the women’s basketball team at the University of Oklahoma, was nominated after taking her team to Haiti to assist with aid following the devastating earthquake that struck there last year.
Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale was selected the winner of a United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award, announced Tuesday by Celebrate Positive.
The award, viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers and schools around the world for their positive contributions.
“This is really a program award,” Coale said in a statement. “I accept it on behalf of our current staff and players and all of our former coaches and players who continue to give back and lead through service in their respective communities. I so appreciate the recognition for our program but, as our players past and present can attest, the rewards come from the doing. It is truly an honor to have such a platform from which to serve.”
Coale was voted the winner of the inaugural award in the sports coach category. Nominated by Adam Barnett, college pastor of Journey Church in Norman, Coale was chosen from a pool that included Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self and Kentucky’s John Calipari.
The award will be presented during a pregame ceremony before tonight’s game with Kansas State.