Manatee Seminole Club

Year-End 2019 Board Update

2019 has almost come to an end, and we all have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in 2020.

Club Board: The club elected 2 new Executive Board members and saw 3 board members drop off to bring our 2019-2020 board total to 15!! Thank you to all who have stepped up to help with our outreach in the community and to Florida State University. If you are interested in helping out as a committee member, volunteer or future board member, then please Contact us. Elections will be held in May 2020 with the date TBD.

Fundraising: The club hosted 4 very successful events this year. First, an Endowment Fundraising Campaign Kickoff in March 2019 saw Manatee County donors come together to start an Athletic Scholarship Endowment with Seminole Boosters. To date, over $10k has been collected towards our $50k goal for our athletic endowment. Additionally, the club raised funds in conjunction with FSU’s Great Give to increase our existing Academic Scholarship Endowment with FSU Foundation from $30k to $50k. To date, about $10k has been collected increasing our current academic endowment to $40k. Read all about the campaign HERE. Then in June 2019, we hosted our annual golf tournament, which generated about $10k for our Club’s local scholarships. And this fall, the club hosted a kick-off parties from August 2019 through November 2019 that generated over $3k for scholarships. In total, the club has generated over $25k for scholarship fund. NOTE: We still need help from all alumni and fans in raising additional funds for scholarships and hope that you’ll consider making a charitable donation. Contact us with questions and for more info OR please feel free to donate directly to one or both of our endowed scholarship funds here: Athletic Scholarship Endowment with Seminole Boosters and Academic Scholarship Endowment with FSU Foundation.

Events:Several events are being planned for the first half of 2020, including a watch party for National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 5th, Seminole Service Days volunteer opportunities (1 to be scheduled for a Saturday in March) and our Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament in the spring. Other events are being planned, including watch parties for other FSU Athletics (basketball, baseball, softball, beach volleyball), plus club networking and fun events. Contact us with questions and for more info.

Athletics: The women’s beach volleyball team made it to the NCAA National Championship in Gulf Shores, AL for the 4th straight year but fell short finishing 5th in the tournament. The softball team’s defense of the 2018 National Championship fell short in Super Regional play. The baseball team went to Omaha for Coach Mike Martin’s last season, as 11 retired after the team was eliminated from the College World Series. Mike Martin, Jr. “Meat” was hired as the program’s new head coach for the 2020 season. The women’s soccer team’s defense of the the 2018 National Championship fell short in the Elite 8. The women’s volleyball team finished the season strong but fell in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. The football team finished the season 6-6 and will play in a Bowl Game (TBD). And both men’s and women’s basketball teams have started their 2019-2020 seasons strong.

In the meantime, please help us spread the word by inviting your friends in Garnet & Gold to sign-up for our e-blasts, “like” the club Facebook page, and follow the club Twitter feed and club Instagram page.

E-mail us with any questions or to offer your help.

Thank you!
Picture from 2019 FSU Football game, featuring Club Board and Volunteers