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  • Presented ByThe Martin Family


  • Award CriteriaWILLIAM & MARY

    TRIBE CHAMPION FOR LIFE AWARDThis award is given to an alumna of the College for whom competitive athletics at William and Mary was an influential factor in achieving a distinguished career, becoming a leader in an impactful philanthropic

    endeavor, or achieving a personal triumph with a lasting impression on others.

    The nominee must demonstrate leadership, integrity, fortitude and excellence in her personal, professional and/or philanthropic


    The nominee must have been a William & Mary varsity letter-winner.

    The nominee must have graduated from the College of William & Mary at least 15 years prior to the Celebration of Womens Athletics event.

    ONE TRIBE AWARDThis award honors a student-athlete who has inspired others through contributions to her local community and/or non-profit organizations.

    The nominee must show a high level of dedication and initiative to help others grow, develop and achieve their goals.

    The nominee must be a William & Mary Young Guarde alumna (05 -14).

    The nominee must be a varsity letter-winner.

  • Welcome to the sixth annual Celebration of Womens Athletics at William & Mary sponsored by the Martin family!

    The Celebration of Womens Athletics (CWA) was created in 2010 to highlight the impact of Title IX on womens athletics at W&M, and to recognize the 50 years of transformative leadership of our own Millie West. Former Director of the Womens Athletics Department and the Associate Athletics Director of the combined (coed) Department, Millie guided W&M into the modern era of competitive, post Title IX athletics. The principal architect of womens sports at W&M, Millie continues to influence us today as an active fundraiser, advocate for athletics and inspiring mentor.

    In that spirit of mentorship, todays event includes a professional networking session for our student-athletes. TRIBE W.I.N.S., Tribe Women In Network through Sport was created to foster personal and professional relationships between athletes, alumnae and Tribe supporters. Your participation today will help TRIBE women to Teach, Renew, Inspire, Build and Empower one another to WIN in life!

    The 2015 CWA is proud to honor two exceptional alumnae, Jeri Daniels-Elder 82 and Kelsey Nawalinski 11 whose intercollegiate athletic experiences helped to shape their personal, professional and charitable lives. We also welcome back Julia Martin 09 who will receive special recognition for her NACWAA Athletics Administrator of Tomorrow Award. And, we are delighted to welcome Cathy Bessant, one of the most powerful women in banking as our keynote speaker. The philanthropic and professional accomplishments of each of these women extend far beyond the W&M campus. I encourage you to read their bios and listen closely for their words of wisdom.

    Thank you for your participation as we celebrate the accomplishments, life values, and lasting relationships that we have established through sport. May the conversations and presentations today inspire you and nurture your life-long connection with William & Mary.

    We are honored to have you as our guest today. Tribe Pride!

    Peel HawthorneAssociate Athletics Director for Student Services and

    Senior Woman Administrator

    Celebration of Womens AthleticsWILLIAM & MARY

  • Program12:30 p.m. Reception - Heavy Hors Doeuvres

    1:00 p.m.Welcome and RemarksTerry Driscoll, Athletic Director

    Taylor Reveley, PresidentPeel Hawthorne 80, Associate A.D. for Student Services/SWA

    Kelly Buckley 05, Assistant Director of Student Career Experience

    1:15 p.m. Networking Session


    2:00 p.m. Keynote SpeakerCathy Bessant

    Global Technology & Operations Executive, Bank of America

    Award PresentationsNACWAA Award

    Julia Martin 09

    One Tribe AwardKelsey Nawalinski 11

    Tribe Champion for Life AwardJeri Daniels-Elder 82

    Closing RemarksPeel Hawthorne 80, Associate A.D. for Student Services/SWA


  • Cathy Bessant, Keynote Speaker Catherine P. Bessant is a Global Technology & Operations executive at Bank of America and a member of the companys executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has been responsible for delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through a team of more than 110,000 employees and contractors in 34 countries. Bessants team also oversees the companys business continuity and information security strategies and policies. Prior to her current position, Bessant was president of Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president of Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; National Small Business Segment executive; and president of Bank of America, Florida. She joined Bank of America as a corporate banker in Texas in 1982. Bessant currently ranks No. 6 on American Bankers 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking list. She was named one of Computerworlds Premier 100 IT leaders, and also was No. 3 on the 2014 Institutional Investor Tech 50 list of financial services leaders in technological achievement and innovation.

    ParticipantsWILLIAM & MARY

    After graduating, Julia Martin, a native of Woodside, California, served as an assistant director of media relations in charge of photo and video production. During her tenure in the Tribes Media Relations Department, Julia created and executed a wide range of branding initiatives for the athletics department. Additionally, she served as the key departmental contact for each of the 23 varsity sports for all video and photographic services, including the conceptualizing and creation of marketing posters and graphic design.

    In the fall of 2011, Martin served as the department liaison for the womens lacrosse team, executing all the responsibilities typical of a head coach while the team was in a leadership transition. In the fall of 2012, she began her masters degree program in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania while also becoming a volunteer assistant coach for the Quakers womens lacrosse team. During her time with head coach Karin Brower-Corbett (W&M 92) and her staff, the Quakers won two Ivy League championships and two Ivy League Tournament titles, reaching the NCAA Tournament both seasons. Julia earned her masters degree in May 2014 and was hired in July 2014 as the Coordinator of Athletics for the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn, where she continues to work today.

    Martin, a kinesiology major and art minor, was a four-year member of the William and Mary lacrosse squad and a key contributor on teams that finished at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season standings in back-to-back seasons (2008 and 2009). She served as a co-captain for her senior season and helped lead the team to a 6-1 league record and the top-seed in the CAA Championships.

    Julia Martin 09, NACWAA Recipient

  • Kelsey Nawalinski 11

    One Tribe AwardWILLIAM & MARY

    Kelsey Nawalinski graduated from William & Mary in 2011. While an undergraduate, she earned her varsity letters in field hockey and captained the squad in 2010. She earned numerous accolades in her playing career, including the Tribes Presidents Award, given annually for Sportsmanship, Citizenship, and Leadership. She was named to the Colonial Athletic Associations Academic All-Conference Team in 2010 and was a member of the CAAs All-Rookie squad in 2008. Off the field, Kelsey volunteered as a youth leader at the Williamsburg Community Chapel and made dual trips to Nicaragua to serve at a childrens home in Managua. She graduated from W&M with a degree in neuroscience and is currently working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as the Neurosurgery Clinical Research Coordinator.

    Prior to her current role, Kelsey was the assistant field hockey coach at her alma mater Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, and then worked internationally at the Banharnjamsaiwittaya School 1 in Donchedi, Thailand. There she taught English and started the first girls soccer league for the area. After Thailand, she spent time in India where she tutored math and science in a childrens community program and volunteered at a school for disabled children. She remains active in her current community, where she serves Sunday meals to the homeless and is a team leader in the Back on My Feet program of Philadelphia. In this role, Kelsey leads 5:30 AM runs three times a week with the goal of inspiring transformation in the lives of residents of Philadelphias transitional housing facilities. For her efforts she was named the BoMF Non Residential (Volunteer) Member of the Year in 2014.

    This past summer Kelsey served as a trip leader for Putney Student Travels, where she led a group of high school students on a community service trip on the island of Dominica. In this role, she worked closely with the local Village Council to coordinate projects and plan cultural activities.

    In the short time since Kelseys stellar career at W&M ended, her passion for servant leadership has benefitted communities literally around the world. Her journey will continue this fall as she enters nursing school in Philadelphia.

    To nominate award candidates please contact the Special Events Office at (757) 221-1552

  • Jeri Daniels-Elder 82Jeri Daniels-Elder 82 was a four-year member of the William and Mary Track and Field team and a four-time AIAW All American in the shot put and discus. In 1982, she was the US National Champion in the shot put and was selected as the Southland Corporation Olympia Award Recipient. Daniels-Elder held the W&M school record in both shot put (47-7.25) and discus (147-4) for more than 20 years.

    After college, Daniels-Elder enjoyed a very successful coaching career as an assistant at Penn State (84-94) and served several US teams. She was the USA Throws Coach at the 1990 and 1992 USA vs Great Britain meets, the USA Head Womens Coach at the 1996 Junior Championships in Sydney, and the Throws Coach at the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain. Jeri notes the highlight of her career was coaching throws at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

    Daniels-Elders contributions to field events went far beyond coaching. From 1988 to 2004 she served as the Womens Hammer Throw Development Coordinator. In this role, Jeri helped bring acceptance of the event to national and international levels. Womens hammer was included in the World Championships for the first time in 1999 and in the Olympic games in 2000. Also in 2000, Jeri produced a hammer throw instruction video that is still in use today. She served as the President of the Womens Track and Field Coaches Association from 1990-92 and was instrumental in helping inspire young women to enter the collegiate coaching ranks.

    Upon return from the 2004 Olympic Games, Daniels-Elder promised her children (then ages 9 and 6) that she would focus on their activities and development. So she stepped away from her involvement with USA Track and Field and devoted her time and energy to the local community. She has since played leadership roles in many organizations including the American Association of University Women, the Child Birth Education Association, Girl Scouts and Special Olympics. Presently, Jeri is a member of State College Area School District Fine Arts Booster Club and the 4H Council.

    Jeris achievements in athletics, leadership, and philanthropy are truly outstanding. In 1994 she was elected to the W&M Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Tribe Champion for Life AwardWILLIAM & MARY

    To nominate award candidates please contact the Special Events Office at (757) 221-1552

  • Where We StandWILLIAM & MARY

    Number of endowed womens scholarships given by former female athletes11

    Former female athletes who gave $1,000 or more last year57

    Percentage of women who donated back to their sport last year23

    Women who donated back to their sport last year815

    Former male athletes who gave $1,000 or more last year 256

    Number of endowed mens scholarships given by former male athletes 207

    Men who donated back to their sport last year 1518

    Percentage of men who donated back to their sport last year 29

  • By The NumbersWILLIAM & MARY

    NCAA tournament appearances by W&M womens teams72

    W&M womens National Team Championships2

    W&M female All-Americans377

    CAA W&M womens Scholar-Athletes of the Year19

    Percentage of women coaching womens sports today40

    Number of W&M female athletic scholarships available prior to 19770

    Percentage of women coaching womens sports in 1974 90

    Past Phi Beta Kappa inductees 143

    Conference championships won by W&M womens teams 78

    W&M womens National Players of the Year 3

    W&M womens individual National Champions 12

  • Alumni Giving ChallengeWILLIAM & MARY

    AS OF JUNE 30, 2014

  • William and Mary admits 24 women, becoming the first coeducational state college in Virginia. The class includes Martha Elizabeth Barksdale, who became the Mother of W&M Womens Athletics before retiring in 1962.

    Basketball, field hockey and tennis teams are established.

    Varsity swimming begins for the women with a 49-match winning streak that would last until 1970.

    The Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is formed, sponsoring its first national championships.

    Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act is passed by Congress.

    Field Hockey takes fourth at the AIAW Division I National Championships,

    Tennis places third at the Small College National Championships, and lacrosse and field hockey each place fifth in Division I AIAW Nationals.

    Mary Catherine Murano (tennis) wins the Division II singles title.

    Womens golf captures the AIAW Division II national title for the first womens national championship in school history. The tennis team places fourth in Division II. Soccer begins an NCAA-best streak of 33 consecutive winning seasons that continue through today.

    The NCAA sponsors womens championships, leading to the dissolution of the AIAW within a few years. Tennis finishes second at the AIAW Division II Championships, and lacrosse takes fifth in Division I. Individual champions abound as well, with Cherie Dow (tennis, singles), Jeri Daniels (outdoor track and field, shot put), and Erin Sheehey (swimming, 100 breaststroke) all winning AIAW Division II titles.

    Gymnastics wins the NAIA National Championship. Five Tribe athletes earn All-America status on the bar alone.

    The volleyball team wins a record 56-straight games against CAA teams. The streak would encompass seven-straight conference championships. At the time, the winning streak is the fifth-longest ever in Division I volleyball.

    W&M merges the Mens and Womens Athletic Departments. Millie West is named the Associate Director.

    Gymnast Jeanne Foster wins the NCAA Division II all-around title, advancing to the Division I Championships as well.

    Soccer reaches the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time. Megan McCarthy is named the National Player of the Year in soccer.

    Natalie Neaton becomes the second Tribe player to be named National Soccer Player of the Year.

    Tennis ranked a best-ever No. 8 in the year-end polls. The Tribe would also reach No. 8 in 1998 and 2003.

    Lauren Nikolaus is named National Player of the Year in tennis.

    Swimming wins the CAA Championship, the first conference title in school history for either mens or womens swimming. Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic (tennis) finish second in doubles at the NCAA Championships.

    Tennis, track and field, and cross country all win CAA titles and advance to the NCAA Championships. Elaina Balouris is an All-American in both cross country and track and field, and teammates Emily Stites wins two U.S. Junior national titles in cross country and track as a freshman. Stites also captains the U.S. Junior team at the World Cross Country Championships.






















    Milestones in Womens AthleticsWILLIAM & MARY