Over 200 friends, alumni and student athletes gathered on Saturday afternoon for the College of William and Mary's Celebration of Women's Athletics, held in the Sadler Center on the Williamsburg campus.
The event first began in 2010 to highlight the long history of the Tribe's women's athletics program (which fielded its first team in 1921) and to recognize the dedication and determination of long-time coach, administrator and leader, Millie West. For the last three years, the event expanded its focus to other extraordinary female athletes and groundbreaking coach, Feffie Barnhill.
Starting in 2011, the event selected a "Tribe Champion For Life" awardee, with was given to an alumna for whom the competitive athletics in college was an influential factor in achieving a distinguished career, being a leader in an impactful philanthropic endeavor, or achieving a personal triumph with a lasting impression on others.
This year's honoree was Kathy Carter '91, an alumna of the Tribe soccer program who has risen to the role of President of Soccer United Marketing, a position that oversees the commercial and marketing aspects of Major League Soccer and other elite soccer entities in North America.
William and Mary President Taylor Reveley address the assembled and remarked on "William and Mary's long and remarkable history of women's athletics" and stressed the importance of having "coaches who are teachers and will have an extraordinary effect on the lives of our student-athletes."
The keynote speaker for the event was Audra Lalley '90, a former swimmer who has gone onto a successful career in wealth managements. Lalley, who is currently vice president of Barclays Wealth and Investment division, stressed the importance of athletics in her time with the Tribe and how she felt uniquely prepared for the challenges of life after graduation.
"The bonds I forged with my teammates in my time on campus have lasted a lifetime," stated Lalley. "The ability I gained in learning how to plan, prepare and execute as a member of a team created valuable skills I've applied nearly every day to my life in the business world."
The event, which was sponsored by the generous support of the Martin Family, also recognized current student-athletes in gymnast Jennifer Ware and Carson Scott (women's soccer), who earned Phi Beta Kappa honors this past year.