TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A few of the core values of the Seminole softball team are “Playing for those that can’t” and working to make the campus and the world a better place through community service efforts and being a leader. Those values were recognized on November 2 as Ellie Cooper and Korina Rosario were inducted into the Seminole Torchbearers organization.
The Seminole Torchbearers is an alumni organization of former student leaders and friends whose mission is to recognize the contributions of current students, coordinate fundraising efforts for the Division of Student Affairs and participate in activities that enhance the quality of student life at Florida State university.
“Something that is special about our program, and something that we as coaches enjoy, is how involved our kids get in Florida State in general, not just as athletes but as students as well,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Honors like these from the university just demonstrate the character of our players and I am really excited that they get to become part of a great tradition and honor of being a Seminole Torchbearer.”
Each year, FSU faculty and staff nominate current junior or senior students, along with professional students that are in graduate, law or medical school for induction into the Seminole Torchbearers. Currently in its 31st year of existence, the Seminole Torchbearers are committed to being a leader and a voice to improve Florida State University and their communities. Cooper and Rosario join a prestigious group of over 5,500 Florida State alums in the Seminole Torchbearers, which adds approximately 200 student leaders each year.
Cooper has been a leader for the Seminole softball program both on and field. She was named team captain for the 2017 season and has also been the team captain of the New Zealand Women’s National Team since 2016 as she has represented FSU on the world stage since 2014. Cooper is currently in graduate school, pursuing her master’s in Sport Management, and is still involved with the FSU softball program as a graduate assistant coach.
Rosario enters her final season of competition in the Garnet and Gold in 2017-18 and has been an important member of its success. A member of the Puerto Rico National Team, Rosario has competed to represent her country and the Seminoles internationally for several years. She has also helped lead and coordinate some relief efforts for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of recent hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Both Cooper and Rosario, along with the entire FSU softball team, have been leaders in community service, finishing in the top three of FSU sport programs in community service hours in each of the last five years, and have twice won the FSU Director’s Cup, given to the team that performs the most community service per student-athlete.
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