April 22, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The 19th annual Golden Cane All-Sports Awards Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The red carpet gala serves as a year-end celebration for all friends of Golden Hurricane Athletics. Co-hosted by the TU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (TUSAAC), the Golden Hurricane Club and the TU Lettermen's Association, the event showcases the many accomplishments of all TU student-athletes, team managers, and athletic trainers for their achievements on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. This year's event is sold out.
The evening's top honors will be awarded to TU's "Ultimate Team" members, while the Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award, Outstanding Team Community Service Award, Faculty Member of the Year Award, Dr. Barry A. Kinsey Faculty Athletics Representative Award, Dan Bitson Courage Award and Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award will also be presented. Vice President and Director of Athletics, Dr. Derrick Gragg, will be on hand to present the Golden Hanger Award, awarded annually to the evening's best dressed student-athlete. In addition, guests in attendance will hear musical performances by TU student-athletes Aaron Thornburg (Cross Country), Cole Taylor (football), Brentom Todd (football), Jabe Burgess (football), Michael Mudoh (football) and Jocelyn Sheffield(softball).
For those Golden Hurricane fans unable to attend, this year's ceremony it will be taped and made available via Hurricane Vision on Wednesday, April 30.
FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR
The faculty member who receives this honor is nominated by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the winner is then determined by a vote of all TU student-athletes.
OUTSTANDING TEAM COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
This honor is given by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is awarded to the athletic team most involved in community services activities throughout the year.
WARREN GARRISON ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Award goes to the graduating senior who has completed his or her eligibility with the highest cumulative grade point average. The award is named in honor of Tulsa's first athletic academic coordinator and longtime Golden Hurricane Club member, Warren Garrison.
DR. BARRY A. KINSEY FACULTY ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVE AWARD
This award is named in honor of a former and highly respected Faculty Athletics Representative at The University of Tulsa. It recognizes teams that have finished first in the conference in their respective sport, both athletically and academically.
WILSON HOLLOWAY ULTIMATE SERVICE AWARD
The Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award was established in order to recognize the efforts of student support staff for service to the teams and student-athletes. The selection of this individual is based on academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, and service-oriented participation in athletics or other areas of student involvement.
DAN BITSON COURAGE AWARD
The Dan Bitson Courage Award was established in 1992 in the name of former TU football standout Dan Bitson (1986-91) who fought back from severe injuries suffered in an automobile accident to play football again. The award is presented annually to the TU student-athlete who exemplifies courage, perseverance and tenacity for overcoming adversity.
THE ULTIMATE TEAM
The "Ultimate Team" honors those athletes who, during the current academic year, have exemplified those qualities and characteristics that are consistent with the missions and values of The University of Tulsa. The qualities and characteristics considered include academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, athletic participation and other areas of student involvement.