SAN ANTONIO, Jan 14, 2011 -- Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody joined a short list of distinguished recipients when she was awarded the NCAA's highest award, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, at the NCAA Honors Celebration in San Antonio, Friday.

Dunwoody graduated with a degree in physical education from State University of New York Cortland in 1975, and was directly commissioned into the Women's Army Corps. She was a starter on both the tennis and gymnastics squads at SUNY Cortland, participating on both teams for four years.

Dunwoody says that her experience as an athlete at SUNY Courtland prepared her for the challenges ahead.

"Participating in NCAA athletics taught me priceless lessons in how to turn surprises into experiences and how to turn challenges into opportunities, and made me as a person strive to make a difference every day," said Dunwoody.

Dunwoody remains a proponent of an active lifestyle and enjoys running with her husband, retired Air Force Col. Craig Brotchie, and their springer spaniel, Barney.

"On top of all the great lessons I earned, my years at Courtland also underscored that fitness would always be a part of my life," said Dunwoody. "As you can imagine, being a Soldier is a physically demanding profession."

Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, whose concern for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906, this annual award is given to an individual "for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being thereafter have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement."