PULLMAN, Wash. – Many of the Washington State University athletics teams will be participating in the 26th Annual National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Wash., this weekend.
Friday, Aug., 22, seven WSU athletic teams will be signing autographs at Reaney Park, just east of the central downtown area. Swimming starts the autograph party at 5 p.m., followed by women’s basketball at 5:30 p.m., women’s rowing at 6 p.m., men’s and women’s golf at 6:30 p.m., baseball at 7 p.m., and men’s basketball from 8-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, the following teams will be marching in the National Lentil Festival Parade: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, men’s and women’s golf, swimming, baseball, rowing and the Cougar Spirit Squad including Butch T. Cougar. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and takes place on Main Street.
In addition to current Cougars participating in the National Lentil Festival, two former Cougar Athletic administrators are being honored with sidewalk tiles in the Pullman Walk of Fame. Being honored as the Distinguished Member of the WSU Community is Dr. Carol Gordon. Dr. Gordon was chair of the WSU Department of Physical Education for Women from 1962-83, coach and taught in the department, and served as President of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) in 1973-1974. She was honored for her national leadership in women’s athletics as one of the first Lifetime Achievement Award winners for the National Administrators of Collegiate Women Athletics (NACWA).
Marcia Saneholtz is being honored as a Famous Sports Figure. Saneholtz served 28-years as a Cougar Athletics administrator and was very active in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), serving as president in 1992-93, on the board of directors from 1987-94, and was named the 1997 Administrator of the Year. She also received the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS) Pathfinder Award in 2001 and the WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.
For more information and a complete schedule of all the National Lentil Festival activities, please go to www.lentilfest.com.