April 7, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Al Lawson, a senator from the State of Florida and former assistant basketball coach at Florida State University, will be the keynote speaker at the Seminoles’ annual basketball banquet April 12 at the University Center Club. Lawson was an assistant coach at Florida State from 1971-74 and was a member of the staff that helped guide the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship game in 1972.
Fans are invited to join Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff as they honor the 2005 edition of the Seminoles men’s basketball team and celebrate the careers of seniors Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski. Reservations are still being accepted and can be made by calling the basketball office at (850) 644-1461.
Lawson was elected to the Florida Senate in 2000 and serves District 3 located in the North Florida panhandle. His district encompasses 11 counties including Leon County his home county and that of Florida State University. Lawson currently serves on seven committees: General Government Appropriations (Vice Chairman), Ways and Means, Banking and Insurance, Community Affairs, Government Oversight and Productivity (Vice Chairman) and the Joint Select Committee on Hurricane Insurance.
Since 1976, Lawson has been an insurance agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he has been recognized as one of the company’s most valued agents. In 1984, he started his own marketing and communications firm in Tallahassee. Recently, he celebrated the 17th anniversary of his publication, the: “The Capital City Black Pages,” a directory that features black owned businesses. He is also the founder of the Capital City Classic, a high school basketball tournament that raises funds for college scholarships.
“Our team is honored that Senator Lawson will be the speaker at our banquet,” said Hamilton. “His knowledge of our program and desire to see it reach the heights he helped it attain when he was an assistant coach is evident with the way he supports our players and coaches to this day. I speak with him quite often during the season and he rarely misses a game.”
Florida State was one of the nation’s most dangerous teams this season and was one of only six teams in the ACC to defeat a team ranked in the nation’s top five during the season. The Seminoles defeated No. 3 ranked Wake Forest, 91-83 in overtime, on Jan. 18 in Tallahassee. During the season, the Seminoles defeated four teams which played in the NCAA Tournament — a No. 2 seed (Wake Forest), a No. 4 seed (Florida), a No. 8 seed (Minnesota) and a No. 10 seed (NC State) and played 21 of their 31 games against teams who played in either the NCAA or NIT Tournaments.
Seminole basketball fans interested in attending the banquet can contact the basketball office at (850) 644-1461.