March 31, 2004
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University held the 10th Annual Golden Nole Awards in Tallahassee on Wednesday. Sponsored and organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council of FSU, the annual event is unique in that the entire process from planning to production is coordinated by the student-athletes themselves.
The banquet featured presenters from each of the sports at Florida State and included the Golden Nole Awards, Doc Fauls Award, ACC Top Six For Service Awards, Seminole Impact Awards and the Athletic Director's Cup.
"It's a fabulous night for the department of athletics to recognize all of our senior student-athletes," said Pam Overton, Associate Athletic Director for Student Development at FSU. "Throughout their careers, our student-athletes have excelled in the field of competition and in the classroom, while providing a valuable service to the community. They have been an outstanding representative of Florida State."
The annual Athletic Director's Cup For Service Award is given to the team that contributes the most service hours to the community over the course of the entire year. The selection is made by measuring the total hours for the team and then dividing by the number of team members. The winner for 2004 was the women's golf team coached by Debbie Dillman.
"This is indeed a great night for our department and college athletics in general," said Dave Hart, Director of Athletics at Florida State. "I always enjoy this tremendously because it is our student-athletes who put on the entire event. I also deeply appreciate the fact that we are honoring tonight student-athletes who have excelled off the playing field as well as on. You never read or hear enough about the tremendous efforts made every year by our student-athlete population. It really should make every FSU graduate and fan proud."
The Doc Fauls Award is named after the late Don Fauls who was the head trainer at FSU from 1954-1986. The award was established in 1998 to recognize the senior Seminole student-athlete that has overcome the most adversity to participate in athletics for Florida State University. The winner on the men's side was senior running back Greg Jones, and on the women's side was senior basketball player Lauren Bradley.
The ACC Top Six for Service recipients were selected each month throughout the year for something unique that distinguished them as top performers in FSU's community service program. The primary criteria was a willingness to participate and a desire to serve despite time constraints. The selected students made significant contributions to the community and were positive ambassadors for the department. The winners announced on Wednesday were: Ganyiat Adeduntan, women's basketball; Antonio Martin, men's track and field; LaKendra McColumn, women's track and field; Cassie McLaughlin, women's volleyball; BillieAnne Gay, softball and Chris Rix, football.
The Seminole Impact Awards are presented to individuals, groups or teams who have distinguished themselves as having a strong commitment to community service and that commitment has created a positive impact in the community through their continued participation. In the past this award has been presented to entities which have either singularly done impressive amounts of service to the community, or have given birth to new community service programs, that will continue into the future. The winners for 2004 were Tonya Rasor (swimming and diving) and Garrett Johnson (track and field).
The Golden Nole Award is presented to the person on each team who has exhibited the ideals of intercollegiate athletics. Head coaches select these student-athletes by evaluating athletic and academic success as well as their contribution to service to the university and in the community. The winners for each sport where: