UTEP softball’s Kawehiokalani Netane was among 14 honorees that Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced for the Spring C-USA Spirit of Service award Wednesday.
The award is given to the student-athletes who donate their time in the community, have a high academic standing and excel in their respective sport.
Netane was the talk of the C-USA Softball Championship when, three weeks removed from an ACL tear, she got one last at-bat and singled up through center field against Southern Miss on May 11. An All-C-USA Preseason Team selection, Netane was a four-year member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll as a human resources management major and logged hours of community service on the year.
The native of Orlando, Fla., educated students at Jane A Hambric School about the negatives of bullying and worked closely with the Miracle League of El Paso, which provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball. Furthermore, Netane provided assistance during National Girls & Women In Sports Day and passed out EPFJ (El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank) bracelets.
In 2016, Netane led the Miners with eight home runs. She hit .283 with 20 RBI and 23 runs scored. Netane connected on a career-high two home runs and career-best six RBI on March 5.
Netane finished her career at UTEP ranked no. 5 in home runs (23), no. 6 in runs scored (99), no. 8 in hits (148) and no. 7 in RBI (84).