Annual Wings of Gold Celebration Recognizes Female Student-Athletes, Programs
The annual Wings of Gold Celebration, which recognizes and honors the 14 women’s athletics programs within Sun Devil Athletics, saw unprecedented growth in attendance and community support this year
With more than 300 supporters and members of the Sun Devil Family in attendance at the PERA Club in Tempe on April 3, the annual fund program raised over $76,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales and a silent and live auction.
This year the Wings of Gold committee secured sponsors for 30 tables, including six colleges on campus and four university departments. Each of the college-sponsored tables hosted representatives working in the college including academic advisors, deans and staff who had the opportunity to sit and mingle with female student-athletes currently studying within the college.
Another new component of the event this year was the introduction and presentation of the inaugural Linda Vollstedt Coach of the Year award. Carl and Cher Maltese, worked with several members within Sun Devil Athletics and the Wings of Gold Committee to create, establish and bring this award to fruition by. Carl and Cher also agreed to donate $10,000 to the winner’s program.
“Establishing the Coach of the Year Award in honor of Coach Linda Vollstedt was a natural when we considered her passion, dedication, and significant contributions to athletics at Arizona State University,” Carl said on stage at the event as he introduced the award.
Carl and Cher designed the award to be given to the ASU coach who best represents the temperaments, talents and convictions fostered by Coach Linda Vollstedt and who continually strives to ensure that the young women entrusted to him/her achieve overall excellence as students, athletes and citizens.
The inaugural award was presented to Sun Devil Women’s Golf head coach Missy Farr-Kaye. Coach Farr-Kaye recently completed a Sun Devil Golf trifecta as she added a NCAA National Championship as a head coach to a trophy case that already included NCAA National Championships as a student-athlete (1990) and assistant coach (2009). She has led her team to multiple conference, tournament and individual titles, while also playing a role in the academic achievement of the 44 Academic All-Americans she has coached.
The unrestricted dollars raised through the Wings of Gold Fund are evenly distributed between the 14 programs for bolstering recruiting efforts, enhancing academic programs, and assisting with other essential needs necessary to compete at the highest level.