April 8, 2005
For the 11th year in a row, the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) at Florida State University will host the Golden Nole Awards Monday, April 11th. The Golden Nole Awards Banquet is a night that celebrates seniors who have contributed so much to Florida State, both on the field of competition and in the community.
The banquet features the Golden Nole Awards, the Doc Fauls Award, the ACC Top Six For Service Awards, and the Seminole Impact Awards.
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 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-athletes that have overcome the most adversity to participate in athletics for Florida State University.
The ACC Top Six for Service recipients were selected by semester throughout the year for something unique that distinguished them as top performers in FSU’s community service program. The primary criteria is a willingness to participate and a desire to serve despite time constraints.
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.
But the highlight of the night is the awarding of the Athletic Director’s Cup for Service. This award has become a highly coveted prize. FSU’s Student Services office charts the progress of all our athletic teams community service hours. The total community service hours given by a team are divided by the number of team members. The winner is the team that performs the most community service per team member. Last year the athletic department did over 4000 hours of service all told, and they are on track to equal or better that mark this year. The fact that they are able to perform so many hours is all the more amazing when you factor in that it’s done all while juggling the academic and athletic responsibilities that are unique to a student-athlete population.
These are real hours given to groups like the Habitat for Humanity, the Dick Howser Center, Second Harvest, America Reads, missions to South Africa and Haiti, United Way, Crop Walk Against Hunger, Catholic Charities, ECHO, Red Ribbon Week, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and many, many hours spent in the classrooms and on the physical education fields at close to 100 elementary, middle and high schools in our area.