Nov. 2, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Thursday, November 2nd in a special ceremony, Florida State dedicated the Tully Gym volleyball floor to Lucy McDaniel, the first woman in the state of Florida to donate more than one million dollars to a women’s athletics program. Beginning next season at volleyball matches, the facility will be known as the Lucy McDaniel Volleyball Arena at volleyball events in Tully Gymnasium, in honor of the wonderful gifts and support that McDaniel has provided to the Lady Seminole volleyball program and Florida State athletics.
“This is such a historic moment, what Lucy McDaniel has done is incredible,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “It takes an interested President and an interested Athletic Director, who care about women’s athletics. These women have been around, but now they have faith in the Athletic Director and President that this money will be spent wisely.”
The ceremony included an address from Athletic Director Dave Hart, as well as an appearance by University President, Sandy D’Alemberte. Reynaud said a few words regarding the magnificent gift, which was followed by a touching tribute by FSU volleyball players Kristin Frye and Martha Hamilton. Frye presented McDaniel with a ball signed by all the players followed by a poem written by Hamilton about the relationship of the 2000 squad with McDaniel.
“The team that I coached which ended its season with a 55-0 record was so special,” McDaniel
said. “I thought I could never love a team as much as that team. Then, last year when I met this team, I thought to myself, `re-incarnation here we come.’ The name on this arena may be mine, but the women’s volleyball team has an arena that belongs to them.”