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2015 Celebration of Women's Athletics
Updated: Saturday 08/18/2014 (ET)
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The William and Mary Athletic Department is excited to announce the award winners to be honored at the Celebration of Women’s Athletics Luncheon, sponsored by the generous support of the Martin Family, and held on Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Chesapeake Room of the Sadler Center.

The Celebration of Women's Athletics originated to highlight the history of W&M's women's athletics programs and to recognize the dedication and determination of former varsity athletes.  In its sixth year, the event brings together female athletes and coaches to celebrate shared successes on and off the field - and to honor women whose experience in intercollegiate athletics has shaped their personal, professional and charitable lives.

Jeri Daniels-Elder ‘82 and Kelsey Nawalinski ’11 will receive the Tribe Champion for Life Award and the One Tribe Award, respectively. The Tribe Champion for Life award recognizes an alumna who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, fortitude, and excellence in her personal, professional or philanthropic accomplishments.  The One Tribe Award honors a former student-athlete who has significantly contributed to her local community or a non-profit organization and has inspired others.

Daniels-Elder is a 1982 graduate of the College, and a former Tribe member of the track and field squad. While at W&M, Daniels-Elder was 4-time AIAW All American in the shot put and discus. She was US National Champion in the Shot put in 1982. The same year she was selected as the Southland Corporation Olympia Award Recipient. Daniels-Elder held the W&M school record in both events for more than 20 years. In 1994 she was elected to the W&M Athletic Hall of Fame.  After her collegiate career, Daniels-Elder started a long and successful stint as coach, serving as an assistant on several international USA squads, including at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  Her contributions to the sport went far beyond coaching, as she also served from 1988 to 2004 as the Women’s Hammer Throw Development Coordinator.  In this role, Jeri helped to bring acceptance of the event to the national and international levels. Women’s hammer throw was in the World Championships for the first time in 1999 and Olympic Games in 2000.  Additionally, she served as the President of the Women’s Track and Field Coaches Association from 1990-92 and was instrumental in helping inspire young women to enter the collegiate coaching ranks. 

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 being named as field hockey’s President’s Award recipient, given annually for Sportsmanship, Citizenship, and Leadership. Additionally, she was recognized to the Colonial Athletic Association’s Academic All-Conference Team in 2010 and was a member of the CAA’s All-Rookie squad in 2008.  She graduated from W&M with a degree in Neuroscience and is currently the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Neurosurgery Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to her current role, Kelsey worked internationally as an English Teacher in theBanharnjamsaiwittaya School 1 in Donchedi, Thailand.  While at the school, she started the first girl’s soccer league for the area. She remains active in her current community, as she is a team leader in the Back on My Feetprogram 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 Philadelphia’s transitional housing facilities.  She has also served as a trip leader for Putney Student Travels to the Dominica this past summer, were she lead 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 addition to the recognition of these accomplished women, this year's CWA activities will include a networking session for alumnae and current female student-athletes.  The special session is called TRIBE W.I.N.S. for "Tribe Women In Network through Sport"

The goal of TRIBE W.I.N.S. is to provide opportunities for creating personal and professional networks among our female student-athletes, alumnae and Tribe supporters.

The mission is to create a warm and welcoming environment where TRIBE women can Teach, Renew, Inspire, Build and Empower one another to succeed in life!

Through shared interest and common experience in sport, W&M female student-athletes can build a powerful community of support for women in the Tribe Family.

We are seeking 40-50 alumnae to serve as mentors during the 50 minute networking session with our current female athletes.  Please register now to participate in this free event by clicking here.  JOIN US!  Spread the word and encourage others to sign up!

For more information contact Peel Hawthorne ( / 757-221-3360) or Meagan Bedsaul ( / 757-221-1552).


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