Sept. 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Softball 30th Anniversary Reunion of the fastpitch era is set for this weekend in Tallahassee and includes a multitude of fun events that are appealing to both alumni and fans.
“So much of our storied history that has helped make FSU softball what it is today will be here this weekend,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Myself, our current coaching staff and our student-athletes are very excited to bond with so many Seminole players from the past. There are so many great things going on this weekend and we can’t wait to celebrate the great tradition of Florida State softball.”
An alumnae social will be held at Madison Social in the newly-developed College Town district on the campus side of Tallahassee beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The function is expected to end around 11 p.m.
With the weekend circulating around the Florida State-Bethune-Cookman football game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, a large tailgate will be held at the renowned Seminole Softball Complex beginning at 2 p.m. A $25 registration is required and includes two tickets to the tailgate party.
Fans are urged to attend the alumnae slow-pitch softball game at JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Several former Seminole players are expected to participate in the pick-up game which will provide plenty of fun for those in attendance.
FSU softball alumnae who are attending this weekend’s reunion will be honored at the Florida State-Bethune-Cookman football game on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, Sept. 15, the annual ‘Champions Beyond the Game’ Brunch will be held at 9 a.m. at the UCC Center on the Florida State campus. Each year, the event honors former female athletes who have excelled in life after college sports. Current women’s student-athletes are also recognized for their all-around achievements in representing themselves, their program and their university in a fine manner.
In addition to honoring former FSU student-athletes from the fastpitch era, the Seminole Softball program also has plans to create a year-long celebration of the 36 seasons of Florida State softball which date back to 1978.
Alameda and the rest of the FSU softball program will host another alumnae event on March 15-16, 2014, where it will recognize former players from the slow-pitch era which included two AIAW national championship teams in 1981 and 1982. Also being honored will be FSU Hall of Famers and other teams from the past.
“We were very fortunate to see our legendary head coach JoAnne Graf get inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame this past weekend,” Alameda added. “That night, we met so many of the past players who laid the foundation for us and it was an extraordinary event to be at.
“It was great to be able to converse and get to know some of our incredible players from the past – (Broderick Award winner) Darby Cottle, Lisa Davidson, Julie Baker, Susan Painter, Jan Sikes, Diane Kelly and many more.”
More information on the spring alumnae event will be announced at a later date.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com as well as Florida State softball’s Twitter handle (@FSU_Softball) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUsoftball) to keep up with all the offseason coverage heading into the 2014 year.
REUNION WEEKEND DETAILS
Friday, Sept. 20
3:30 p.m. – Registration meet and greet at the softball field
6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. – Alumni Social at Madison Social in College Town
Saturday, Sept. 21
2 p.m. – FSU tailgate opens (food will arrive at 3 p.m.)
3:30 p.m. – Alumnae Slow-Pitch Game begins
4:45 p.m. – FSU Alumnae Photo at home plate of field
5 p.m. – Start heading toward the field
6 p.m. – Bethune- Cookman vs. FSU (being honored on the field with the team during first quarter timeout)
Sunday, Sept. 22
9 a.m. – Champions Beyond the Game Brunch – UCC center