A welcome reception kicked off the weekend's activities on Friday, April 29, at the College's McCormack - Nagelsen Tennis Center. On Saturday, the Celebration of Women's Athletics Brunch, honoring iconic former head lacrosse coach Feffie Barnhill was held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. Barnhill's career accomplishments and numerous contributions to women's lacrosse were highlighted for 100 guests in attendance, including many of Feffie's former lacrosse players. The athletics department also presented Dr. Camilla Buchanan '66 with the inaugural Tribe Champion for Life Award for her leadership, integrity, fortitude and excellence in her professional career as a physician for 31 years and in her extensive philanthropic endeavors in providing health and education to the Maasai Tribe in Kenya.
The weekend concluded with a Tribe Club fundraising Casino Night to support scholarships and program funding for women's sports programs. The western themed event was held at the Sadler Center and in addition to poker, Texas hold 'em, roulette and a craps table, the guests enjoyed line dancing and competing on a mechanical bull.
The first incarnation of the event was originated to highlight the distinguished histories of the Tribe's women's athletics programs and to recognize the 50 years of dedication and determination of long-time W&M coach and administrator, Millie West.
Starting with this year's event, the focus has now aligned itself with one of the major elements of William and Mary's overall strategic plan in creating life-long connections to the College. This is done by bringing together the school's many generations of female athletes and celebrate their shared successes on and off the field; and to honor women whose experience in intercollegiate athletics has shaped their personal, professional and charitable lives.
For the first time, the event brought in a titled corporate sponsor, as established lacrosse apparel and merchandise manufacturer, STX, partnered with the College.
The date for next year's event will be finalized shortly and will be announced through both the College's official athletics website, TribeAthletics.com and the school's athletic fundraising site, TribClub.com.