Aug. 6, 2009
Florida State University’s libraries are now one of the top beneficiaries of the Seminole football team’s win over Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl last December. Florida State athletics delivered a check for $100,000 to the libraries from proceeds of the team’s participation in the Orlando based bowl.
“We are pleased to be able to continue a long history of a significant financial commitment to academic projects from athletics,” said FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “Athletics is an integral component of the mission and experience of higher education and at Florida State we have been able to join with Seminole Boosters to give back to academic interests. We are fortunate to be one of the shrinking number of athletic programs that are self sustaining, which enhances the impact of the academic support.”
Florida State defeated Wisconsin 42-13 to finish the 2008 season with a 9-4 record. The bowl game was the Seminole’s 27th consecutive which is the longest active streak in college football.
“The University Libraries have benefitted from gifts from athletics in the past. This donation comes at a time when funds are in highest demand on campus,” said Dean of University Libraries, Julia Zimmerman. “It is critical that the libraries at Florida State receive support from our friends and alumni in order to fulfill our mission. It’s great to be a part of this team and we appreciate the support of athletics.”