Pistora Selected to Community of Champions

Ali Pistora

Feb. 21, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State thrower Ali Pistora has been selected to the 2011 Big 12 Conference Winter Chick-fil-A Community of Champions. During the fall, winter and spring terms, one student-athlete from each institution will be honored based on academics, community service along with leadership and sportsmanship.

Pistora is a senior majoring in kinesiology and holds a 3.81 GPA. She has participated in a number of community service projects through the athletics department as well as on her own. Some of the organizations and programs she has volunteered for include Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Cats for Cans, Read to Achieve, Students for Environmental Action, National Girls and Women in Sports Day among others. Pistora also serves as a student tutor in the Kinesiology Department on campus to help her fellow students.

Pistora also serves her fellow student-athletes as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

In competition, Pistora has a list of accomplishments for the Wildcats and always represents her university with pride. Last season she finished 13th at the NCAA West Regional in the javelin and fourth at the Big 12 Championship. As a sophomore in 2009, Pistora advanced to the NCAA Championship finishing 17th in the javelin after claiming third in the Big 12. She also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for her successes in the classroom as well. Currently, Pistora ranks sixth in the Big 12 in the weight throw as the team prepares for the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships next week.

K-State assistant coach Steve Fritz said Pistora is a valuable member of the team and always gives her best effort to help the Wildcats.

“Ali is an extremely hard working, diligent and dependable person,” Fritz said. “She is always striving to be the best she on the track and in the classroom. She is an excellent leader and a great representative of our program and university.”

Chick-fil-A awards $3,000 each year to every Big 12 Conference institution toward scholarships and sponsors this award to recognize student-athletes for their continued hard work and excellence in areas beyond sports.