Saint Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber will be the honorary chairperson at the ninth annual Greater Raleigh Sports Council Evening of Champions, presented in partnership with 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio and 620 The Buzz. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the RBC Center starting at 5 p.m., and will recognize outstanding Triangle area athletes, coaches, teams and volunteers.
Suber is the first female ever to lead Saint Augustine's University. She is responsible for bringing football back to Saint Augustine’s University in 2002 after a 37-year hiatus. It was her vision that led to the current construction of the football stadium on campus which includes a state-of-the-art field turf and track. Suber was the catalyst behind the football team playing its first ever game on campus during homecoming in October 2011.
During Suber’s 12-year tenure as president, Saint Augustine’s University has won 13 NCAA championships, 69 CIAA conference championships and produced 33 All-CIAA scholar-athletes. Saint Augustine’s University topped the CIAA with seven conference championships and seven league grade point average team titles in the 2009-2010 athletic season.
Several individuals will be honored at the event, including iconic track and field head coach George Williams of Saint Augustine’s University, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The former Olympic coach has led Saint Augustine’s University to 31 NCAA championships in track and field and coached 32 Olympians during his 36 years at his alma mater. His student-athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate.
“Saint Augustine’s University has enjoyed a long standing partnership with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Raleigh Sports Council,” Suber said. “We look forward to celebrating local sports teams, athletes and coaches during this event. We are excited that our very own, George Williams will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
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