Oct. 14, 2005
The Department of Athletics, Seminole Boosters, Inc., and the Committee of Thirty recently celebrated the annual “Champions Beyond The Game” brunch on October 2nd at the University Center. The brunch is held each year to “honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future” of women’s athletics at Florida State. The purpose of the event is to honor two Florida State graduates for the lifetime successes that they have achieved following their experiences as Florida State athletes.
Each year, one former graduate is selected from the pre-scholarship era and one from the post-scholarship period of Florida State’s athletics history. This year’s recipients were Florida State alumnae, Katherine Blood Hoffman, class of 1936, and Alice Bennett Sims, class of 1984. Hoffman was the captain of Florida State’s volleyball and baseball “Evens” teams in the early 1930’s. Alice Bennett was a seven-time All-American in track and field at Florida State in the early 1980’s.
An added feature at the brunch this year was the presentation of a new honor entitled the Femina Perfecta Awards. Femina Perfecta translated means the “complete woman” and it was the motto that appeared on the school seal when the institution was the Florida State College fore Women. The “complete woman” was expected to possess the traits of Vires (strength), Artes (knowledge) and Mores (tradition) symbolized by the three torches of that seal. In short, FSCW women were expected to have sound minds in sound bodies. Athletics was viewed as essential in developing both and every student was expected to participate in at least one sport every year. The Femina Perfecta Awards have been established by the Committee of Thirty to honor an athlete in each sport, chosen by her teammates, who best personifies these characteristics. The goal is to continue the traditions begun many years ago at the school. The inaugural Femina Perfecta award winners are listed below.
Every person in attendance at the “Champions Beyond The Game” brunch received a color timeline booklet that celebrated women’s athletics from 1905 through the 2004-05 school year for the Florida Female College, Florida State College for Women and Florida State University. The book, edited and written by Mary Lou Norwood and designed by senior associate sports information director Tina Thomas, is titled “A Century of Women’s Sports.”
Femina Perfecta Honorees:
Basketball: Laquinta Neely
Cross Country: Kara Newell
Golf: Jaclyn Burch
Soccer: Teresa Rivera
Softball: Carly Brieske
Swimming & Diving: Carrie Ellis
Tennis: Miranda Foley
Track & Field: Latoya Legree
Volleyball: Sarah Griffin