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Celebrating a 'Passion for Intercollegiate Athletics'

Former UI student-athlete P. Sue Beckwith spoke of the importance of education and 'passing it foward' to those assembled last Friday night for the 10th annual Athletics Named Scholarship Awards Celebration.

Former UI student-athlete P. Sue Beckwith spoke of the importance of education and 'passing it foward' to those assembled last Friday night for the 10th annual Athletics Named Scholarship Awards Celebration.

Dec. 6, 2006

The future met the past at the Levitt Center for University Advancement last Friday when the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the UI Foundation hosted the 10th annual Athletic Named Scholarship Awards Celebration.

The event brought together student-athletes who are attending the UI as a result of the generosity of scholarship contributors. For example, defensive lineman Mitch King had dinner with Mike Haight. Mike, a former Hawkeye all-American who also played in the NFL, and his wife, Polly, provided the funding for the Mike Haight Athletic Scholarship. Deleted second sentence here.





"Education is very, very important to me. That importance paired with a strong belief in all that is learned through participation in intercollegiate athletics is why I'm here tonight."

P. Sue Beckwith, M.D.


As is custom, the event was highlight by several speakers including UI Interim President Gary Fethke, UI Athletic Director Gary Barta, Heather Schnepf (a student-athlete who is a recipient of a scholarship) and Sue Beckwith (a scholarship contributor).

"Iowa...there's no place like it," said Heather Schnepf, an all-American senior on Coach Tracey Griesbaum's UI field hockey team that last month won the 2006 Big Ten Conference Tournament and advanced to the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

"There is a special bond between all of us that no one will ever replace," she added.

Speaking on behalf of the benefactors, Dr. Sue Beckwith, a women's basketball letterwinner during her undergraduate days at the UI, said it was a strong belief in education that led her to participate in the UI's Hawkeye Visions endowment program.

"Education is very, very important to me," she said while noting that she had earned two degrees from the UI. "That importance paired with a strong belief in all that is learned through participation in intercollegiate athletics is why I'm here tonight."

Beckwith endowed the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Rowing Scholarship and the P. Sue Beckwith M.D., Women's Basketball Scholarship in 2005 to honor her father, F.W. Beckwith of Boone, and in memory of her moth, Esther.

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