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November 3, 2009

Farmingdale State'S Tiffara Steward Receives Two Top Awards

Women's Senior Basketball Guard Honored at Ceremonies in New York City

Tiffara Steward Award Dinner
Tom Crean (Indiana), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Nick Valvano (V Foundation CEO), Hannah Storm (ESPN), John Thompson III (Georgetown), C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers), Tiffara Steward, Amanda Butler (Florida), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Brad Stevens (Butler).

Senior basketball guard Tiffara Steward received two awards at galas held in New York City on consecutive evenings.

On Tuesday, October 13, Steward received the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2009 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports. Hosted by Bob Costas and Mary Carillo, the event was held at the Waldorf Astoria. The award is presented to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels.

On Wednesday, October 14, Steward received the ninth annual V Foundation Comeback Award, given by the V Foundation for Cancer Research in collaboration with ESPN at the Jimmy V New York City Basketball Dinner. The award is open to men and women collegiate basketball student-athletes in all NCAA divisions. It is awarded to an individual or a team that has accomplished a personal triumph in the face of true adversity, be it in health, life or moral dilemma. The award is presented in memory of renowned college basketball coach Jim Valvano, whose personal battle with cancer inspired the creation of The V Foundation.

"I never gave up in the challenges I faced, and we should not give up in the battle to fight cancer," Steward told a captivated crowd of 600 at the V Foundation dinner. "We have to win that battle."

Said University of Florida women's coach Amanda Butler: "Tiffara, I wish I would have known about you sooner. You have strength and perseverance. I would have recruited you."

Steward has triumphed both on and off the court. At 4’6”, she is partially blind, has more than 50% hearing loss in both ears, and battles scoliosis. In 2008, Steward as a team captain led the Farmingdale State women’s basketball team with an overall record of 18-10, including 14-4 in the Skyline Conference.