DICKINSON, N.D. – In July 2013, the Blue Hawk family was saddened by the tragic death of student athlete Janae Moore. In the years that have followed, Moore's legacy and memory has lived on through the Dickinson State University community. Notably, the Theodore Roosevelt Honors & Leadership Program began a "Stop the texts. Stops the wrecks." campaign, bringing awareness to distracted driving. The women's basketball team is holding a special "Moore than Just a Game" night Saturday, Jan. 27, in honor of Moore.
Moore was a committed scholar as a member of the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program. Then program director, Dr. Frank Varney said, "Janae was a valued member of the TR Honors Leadership Program, a wonderful young woman and a very promising scholar." Moore's achievements in the classroom showed, making the dean's list every semester. She studied political science with plans to go to attend law school after graduating from Dickinson State.
As a student athlete, Moore was named to the Frontier Conference Academic all-conference team and earned an all-conference honorable mention for her skills on the basketball court. During her sophomore year she led the Blue Hawks in points per game (13.9), rebounds per game (7.1), field goals and steals. Former women's basketball coach, Caleb Harrison noted, "Janae loved every second of life and chose to have a great attitude no matter the circumstances. This is the greatest lesson I have taken from her life and it has had a huge impact on me."
The women's basketball team's "Moore than Just a Game" night will include recognition of Moore's parents, David and Terri, along with her Blue Hawk teammates. Current women's basketball coach, Liz Lewis views the event as an opportunity for the current Blue Hawks to learn about Moore's legacy and the pride in Dickinson State and the basketball program. Moore was a phenomenal person, teammate, scholar and Blue Hawk. Her memory will carry on at Dickinson State University.
The women's basketball game will tipoff at 3 p.m. in Scott Gymnasium as the Blue Hawks take on Dakota State University. The halftime event will feature a "shoot-out" to raise funds for the Janae Moore scholarship fund. The men will face Dakota State at 5 p.m. A postgame social will be held at the DSU Heritage Foundation following the men's game. Game admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students (K-12), and free for DSU students.
For more information, contact Liz Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.