Tallahassee, FL -- January 24, 2012 --
Over a 10-day period, Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Simply Marvelous Women’s Flag Football team posted an 11-0 record and won two national championships. That is a record-setting eight national championships in five years.
Simply Marvelous, managed and coached by FAMU alumni Marvin Green Jr. and Derrick Folson, won the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Campus Championship Series (NCCS) National Championship. FAMU previously won this tournament in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Simply Marvelous reached the championship rounds by first winning the NCCS Regional Flag Football Championship December 2-4, 2011 at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. In the Regional Championship game, FAMU defeated Southern University with a score of 13-0. The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association of the National Campus Championship Series National Championship was hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. FAMU went 5-0 and defeated the Texas State Blazers 7-0 to win the championship.
FAMU's Erika Collins was named most valuable player and named to the Women's All-Tournament Team, along with teammates Sharonta Williams and Tynequia Roberts.
On December 31, 2011, Simply Marvelous also won the American Collegiate Intramural Sports (ACIS) 32nd Annual National Flag Football Tournament in Pensacola, Fla. FAMU previously won this tournament in 2007, 2009 and 2010. ACIS Flag Football is a series of campus flag football regional and national championship tournaments that provide college student-athletes with the opportunity to compete in high-quality, nationally promoted intramural events.
FAMU's Simply Marvelous reached the National Championship round by winning the 2011 Swamp Bowl hosted by the University of Florida. FAMU's Simply Marvelous came out of this tournament, where some of the best teams in the Southeast were represented by defeating the University of South Florida in the championship game 19-0. Erika Collins was named tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player. Kimbryana Lewis was named tournament Defensive MVP.
Over the course of 11 games, FAMU scored 368 points and only allowed one touchdown -- a National Women's Flag Football record. Simply Marvelous will next participate in the ESPN Weekend Women's Flag Football Tournament held in Orlando, Fla., March 1-4 at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.
The NCCS is a component program of the NIRSA. The mission of the NIRSA is to provide for the education and development of professional and student members and to foster quality recreational programs, facilities and services for diverse populations. NIRSA demonstrates its commitment to excellence by utilizing resources that promote ethical and healthy lifestyle choices.