Skinner has been a tireless advocate and fund raiser for breast cancer research and awareness. Her annual LIFE (LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer) Pro Am has generated $500,000 each of the last five years ' a record for a one-day pro am for breast cancer. In addition, her foundation ' the Val Skinner Foundation ' teamed with the Susan G. Komen Foundation last year to travel around to college campuses for the On The Way To The Cure Program.
Skinner, who is also an analyst for The Golf Channel, is the first woman to win the award since 1994 when the GWAA honored Betsy King for her work with Habitat for Humanity and orphan relief in Romania. She will be honored at the GWAA Awards Dinner April 6 in Augusta, Ga.
Skinner won the 1999 LPGA Komen Award and received the Award of Hope in 2000 from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The former Oklahoma State All-America was inducted into the OSU Hall of Honors in 2000 and into the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame in 2002