Friday, April 8, 2011

Basketball teams honor breast cancer survivors during final home game

Daytona State College's men's and women's basketball teams honored two breast cancer survivors, Pam Ridella and Aggie Garrison, at their last home game of the 2010-11 season in February . Each team presented an autographed basketball to the breast cancer survivors. The two teams also showed their support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink t-shirts and socks during the game. Many Falcon fans also participated by wearing their pink gear!

"I am so glad we had the opportunity to bring some awareness to a great cause such as breast cancer," said women's team member Mekiala Quallls. "Many women are affected each day by this disease, and I was honored to recognize two courageous women who have survived it. They inspire women everywhere to continue to fight and never give up."
Both teams left the gym in victory. The women's team beat the Florida State College of Jacksonville by a score of 63-56. The men's team won the game beating Florida State College of Jacksonville by a score of 72-54.
In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness Night, it was the last home game for the sophomores of each team. To mark the occasion, 10 sophomore players were recognized for their team spirit, playing ability and academic success.
Lady Falcon Sophomores: Daphne Walker is transferring to Francis Marion University; Diana Choibekova, Shanika Brooks and Mekiala Qualls are currently undecided about their four-year college choices.
Falcon Sophomores: Kadeem Coleby is transferring to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Will Neighbour is transferring to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Kevin Burnell, Marquise Glaze, Corey Harvey, and Willie Green are currently undecided about their four-year college choices.
Daytona State is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Florida Community College Athletics Association Mid-Florida Conference. The Falcons currently compete in seven Division I NJCAA sports including Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Fast-Pitch Softball, Women's Golf and Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving. The main focus of the Daytona State Falcons athletic program is to prepare student-athletes for success in life. This is accomplished through strong academic programs and support services coupled with quality coaching and athletic facilities.