July 12, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Through her first two seasons at Florida State University, rising junior Tiffani Brown has done everything right. She boasts impressive career numbers as a Seminole softball standout, showing a .333 batting average with 134 base hits, 11 triples and 37 stolen bases while playing all 120 games. She is actively involved in FSU softball’s community efforts that have garnered university-wide praise, and also balances her academic work quite well.
Brown is undoubtedly one of the spark plugs to the FSU softball squad and a great ambassador, making her an obvious choice to speak to several youth softball players at the Dixie Softball State Tournament Banquet on July 7 in Carrabelle, Fla. Brown’s attendance was a treat for an audience of roughly 500 people, as her dynamite play at the Sunshine State’s flagship institution made her well known to several youngsters across Florida.
“It was so much fun talking to young girls and having them look up to me, especially knowing that just a few years ago I was in their shoes,” Brown said. “I hope I inspired them to excel even more in this great game through hard work and persistence. More importantly, I enjoyed mentoring them about being even better people off the field. When you play at a big college like Florida State, it’s amazing to see the impact that you can have on people. With all the work we do within the community and speaking to both kids and adults, it’s special to have an opportunity to really influence someone’s life and help steer them in the right direction.”
Brown’s speech combined advice on enhancing your game on the field and being an even better person outside of athletics. She was honored to speak in front of a captive audience, and felt even more pleased to hold the attention of younger girls who have the dream of someday playing collegiate softball. Afterwards, she had her picture taken with several awe-inspired players and signed numerous autographs to cap the evening in grand fashion.
“Having the parents tell me after the speech that ‘my daughter learned a lot from you’ is absolutely priceless,” Brown added. “They really enjoyed my speech and I loved being up there. It was an honor to speak to them.”