HONORING THE JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM AS NAIA DIVISION I CHAMPIONS.
HONORING THE JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY
GOLDEN EAGLES MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM AS
NAIA DIVISION I CHAMPIONS.
WHEREAS, the John Brown University Golden Eagles men's basketball team surprised many of their fans by making a historic run into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I championship game held March 22, 2005, at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri; and
WHEREAS, John Brown University (24-11 on the season) of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, became the first team from the State of Arkansas to win the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics title in the oldest national college tournament; and
WHEREAS, the unseeded team from John Brown University defeated seventh-ranked Union University (Tennessee), tenth-ranked Louisiana State University- Shreveport, Biola University (California), Carroll College (Montana), and eighth-ranked Azusa Pacific University (California) on their road to the NAIA championship; and
WHEREAS, described as a "Cinderella story", John Brown University's effort was led by sharpshooter Brandon Cole, the Chuck Taylor Tournament Most Valuable Player, a Junior from hector, Arkansas; and
WHEREAS, John Brown University's Brandon Cole and Pat Smits were selected for the All-Tournament team; and
WHEREAS, John Brown University men's basketball team was coached by John Sheehy, Head Coach for the past sixteen (16) years, and Assistant Coach Donnie Bostwick. Dr. G. Robert Burns is the school’s Athletic Director, and Todd Bowden is the team’s trainer; and
WHEREAS, Golden Eagles team members are: Steve Briggs, Brandon Cole, Reyjavick De Gracia, Tyler Dees, Todd Frazier, Mike Garland, Chris Meisner, Isaac St. Rose, Ty Sawyer, Pat Smits, Alex Terry, Joel Tesis, John Williams, Ryan Woodson, and Adam Workman; and
WHEREAS, the friendships and teamwork of the John Brown University Golden Eagles allowed the team to play with the heart of an admirable and truly deserving national champion,
NOW THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
THAT the members of the House of Representatives of the Eighty-fifth General Assembly of the State of Arkansas honor the historic accomplishment of the John Brown University men's basketball team as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Champions.