Athletic Recognition Dinner Recap

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A special thanks to Meagan Barry in Hoyas Unlimited, who had started to write a recap on Saturday's Athletic Recognition Dinner, and to Rafael Suanes, who sent some pictures off to me as well.  

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Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday evening to celebrate the athletic achievements from the 2009-2010 season. The evening began with a very special presentation and citation for Fr. Bill McFadden from Julie Connolly, President of the Georgetown University Alumni Association. Fr. McFadden has been teaching at Georgetown since 1963 and for the last 37 years has been "the voice of the Hoyas" at men's basketball games. Since he took the microphone at courtside in McDonough, he has never missed a single game. Fr. McFadden was certainly deserving of this recognition.

Master of Ceremonies Joe Lonardo, introduced the MVP's from last year and the current year captains were recognized for their outstanding dedication to their individual programs.

Athletic Director Lee Reed was presented with a check in the amount of $4,439,696.32 from Peter Farrell, President of Hoyas Unlimited, for the advancement of Georgetown University Athletics. In addition, three sport clubs were recognized for their efforts last year.  The Crosse Club, led by Co-Presidents Keri MacColl and Paige Andrews, had annual gifts increase by more than 48%; the Diamond Club, headed by Tom Elliott, had the highest percentage of alumni participation; and finally, the largest percentage increase in donors over the previous year was awarded to the Friends of Georgetown Sailing, led by Peter Johns.

Four major awards were presented on Saturday evening. Terri William-Flournoy was recognized for Outstanding Coaching Achievement for 2009-10. Terri was still traveling back after a win on the road at Seton Hall, but her husband Eric, son E.J. and daughter Maya were there to accept on her behalf. The audience was in awe as a very poised 10-year old Maya Flournoy gave the acceptance speech for her mother.

Following Terri, Michael McBride was recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to Athletics. Joining him for the evening was his wife Beth Ann and two of his children, former Georgetown Lacrosse players, Keri (C'03) and Matt (C'08). Coach Dave Urick spoke and gave the citation for Mike.

Vincenzo Salina was named the Robert A. Duffey Scholar Athlete for his outstanding accomplishments both on the golf course and in the classroom. His golf career was filled with top finishes and in his final Big East Championship, in the last round, on the final hole, with the team title riding on the final shot, he drained his nine-foot putt to bring the tournament trophy home to Georgetown for the first time since 1998. Vincenzo was joined by his parents, Gian and Elisabeth, who traveled all the way from Switzerland to celebrate this special recognition.

To round out the evening, Karen Schneider (N'76) was awarded the J. Gregory Carroll Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to Hoyas Unlimited. Karen has served Georgetown Athletics through a commitment to action, giving selfless service to both the Hoya Hoop Club and Hoyas Unlimited. Karen's involvement began as a season ticket holder more than 20 years ago. She joined the Hoya Hoop Club Board in 2007 and is currently the Vice President for Events and liaison to the DC Alumni Club. She also sits on the Hoyas Unlimited Board and the Alumni Board of Governors. Karen's self-proclaimed greatest accomplishment is her two daughter's attendance at Georgetown. Meghan will graduate in May and Katie just began her freshman year on the Hilltop. They were in attendance along with her husband, Dave Heffernan.

Congratulations to all awardees on behalf of Hoyas Unlimited.

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