TVCC Lady Cardinal Head Coach Elena Lovato thanked everyone last night at the #CELEBRATING7 community party for the 2013 national champions.
When I say everyone, I mean everyone from the college president to the bus driver (her good luck charm!). She particularly thanked the community and the fans, which is something she’s been doing pretty much since the season began. And she thanked God for the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives.
I can’t list everyone she thanked because …. well, she thanked A LOT of people.
Her players did the same thing … thanked everyone. They talked about how important everyone else was in their title run.
There they were … the undisputed national champions, undefeated on the court … and all they could do was talk about how great everyone else was.
It is why we love the 2013 Lady Cardinals … it is why all those folks probably would have shown up for the party even if the girls hadn’t won that final game.
Because when you see someone going about business the right way, it is inspiring.
And it is the biggest reason everyone else in the nation better be worried in 2014. … #3PEAT
The official college/community celebration of the Lady Cardinals’ seventh NJCAA championship is scheduled tonight. #CELEBRATING7 is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Cardinal Gym.
Scheduled speakers are Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders, TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey, TVCC Athletic Director Brad Smiley, Coach Elena Lovato and Lady Cardinal sophomores Victoria Wells, Savannah Carter, Shannon Smith and Krystle Henderson.
There will also be performances by Cardinal Cheerleaders, Cardette Showgirls and the Cardinal Regiment Pep Band.
After the ceremony, the Lady Cardinals will sign posters for fans and be available for photos.
The public is invited to attend.
The event will also be webcast by the Cardinal Sports Network at www.tvcc.edu
The Lady Cardinals will join the fight against cancer Saturday with the annual Strikeout Cancer doubleheader at Cain Park. They face Kilgore at 1 and 3 p.m.
Concessions will be available. There will also be a raffle for softball items and a pink acknowledgement banner for fans to sign after making a donation.
Pink Strikeout Cancer T-shirts will also be available for $10.
The Lady Cardinals would like to recognize cancer survivors at the game. Cancer survivors planning to attend the game should contact Lucy Strom at 903-675-6359.
The Lady Cardinals are 23-16 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.
The Cardette Showgirls were recognized both for their dance skills and for their academic excellence at a recent competition in Denton.
The Showgirls are a group of elite Cardettes who perform at special events separate from the main Cardette dance team. The group of seven dancers competes against other schools each spring at the American Dance Drill Team School National Competition.
This year, the group took third runner up in the dance portion of the competition. For that part, said director Darla Mansfield, the group competes in Division III with other schools of similar size.
The Cardette Showgirls chose a routine this year comprised of several songs, all of which carried a theme about candy.
For the second part of the competition, the ladies are rated based on their GPA. The TVCC group’s cumulative 3.41 GPA was the highest in the group.
That GPA earned the Cardettes the distinction of being named the competition’s National Collegiate Academic Champion. This is the second year in a row the TVCC dance team has earned that title.
“Not only are these girls talented dancers, but they are also able to maintain a high collegiate GPA while being involved in so many events as Cardettes and Showgirls,” said Mansfield.
“To carry this title two years in a row is such an honor for the team and a testimony that these girls know when to be serious and know when to have fun. Saying that I am proud of them doesn’t express the half of it.”
The group also took the title of academic champions for Division III.