TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 10, 2018) - Tallahassee Community College's women's basketball national championship team took centerstage on Wednesday evening when the College held the official Championship Celebration inside the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
The event was co-hosted by the TCC Eagle Boosters, the TCC Foundation's President Circle and the TCC Alumni & Friends Association.
Team members were joined by a large contingent of family and friends as well as numerous TCC administrators, board members, faculty, staff and students, members of the TCC Foundation's Board of Directrors and many of the Eagles' community partners, including Refreshment Services Pepsi & Vending, Courtyard by Marriott, John Cross (Visual Solutions), Tallahassee Democrat, Gadsden County Times, WCTV, WTXL, Tallahassee Sports Council, Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and First Florida Credit Union.
Upon entering the facility, attendees caught their first glimpse of the team's official championship photo, generously donated by John Cross, owner of Visual Solutions and a longtime friend of TCC Athletics.
The event included remarks from director of athletics Rob Chaney, Dr. Sheri Rowland, Vice President for Student Affairs, TCC President Dr. Jim Murdaugh, board members Karen Moore, Frank Messersmith and Donna Callaway, head women's basketball coach Franqua "Q" Bedell and player representative Japonica James.
The hightlight of the evening was the presentation of the championship rings, purchased through NJCAA partner Balfour and gifted by the Office of President Murdaugh, and the unveiling of the championship banner.
"We wanted this evening to be special for the student-athletes and coaches, and I believe we accomplished that goal," said Chaney. "It was a team effort - Heather (Mitchell) and her (TCC Foundation) staff were amazing in helping plan the event; President Murdaugh was instrumental in purchasing the rings; John Cross, a long-time supporter and friend of our program donated a new team photo; our events and facilities staff worked hard to have the Eagledome set up - and the turnout was tremendous, which shows just how much our community cares for TCC Athletics.
"I'm certain it was a night the team will remember for the rest of their lives, and I couldn't be more pleased."
With the celebration in the books, the Eagles can officially turn the page to the 2018-19 season, which tips off November 3.