June 23, 2003
Albany's Nancy Lopez has won her share of awards for her play on the golf course.
On Monday night, The LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member was honored for her the work she does to help others.
Nancy Lopez was presented with the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The award is named in honor of legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach Henry Iba and given to our nation's top athletes who through their actions have helped others.
Nancy Lopez won the award for her two decades of work in organizing benefit golf tournaments for Adventures in Movement for the Handicapped.
It was a very special homecoming for Lopez who won 11 tournaments in her two year collegiate career at the University of Tulsa.
She says she feels like she has won a golf tournament everytime she can do something to help any child in need.
Nancy Lopez said "When those little handicapped kids come up to you and they talk to you and they hug you and they tell you that they love you, that is so special and every minute that I can be involved with them I try and do that."
Nancy Lopez won the female citizen athlete of the year award. Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn won the male citizen athlete of the year award for Homes for the Holidays program that helps single mothers buy homes.
Previous Iba award winners include Peyton Manning, skater Nancy Kerrigan, golfer Tom Lehman and NBA great Karl Malone.