SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- Sweet Briar College will induct four alumnae into its Athletics Hall of Fame during the College’s 2012 Homecoming weekend. The ceremony will take place over brunch at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in Prothro Dining Hall.
“The Sweet Briar College Athletics Hall of Fame honors special achievement by alumnae and others who have been associated with athletics at the College,” according to the hall of fame’s mission statement. “These individuals have helped bring recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to Sweet Briar College and the intercollegiate athletics program.”
Among this year’s inductees are tennis player Mary Pope Maybank Hutson ’83 and field hockey and lacrosse player Sally True Dow-Datilio ’80, along with riders Janet Hamilburg Churchill ’53 and Dianna Yaeger Rankin ’66.
Hutson, Charleston, S.C., native and 1983 graduate of Sweet Briar, has been playing tennis her whole life. She was a member of the Vixen tennis team throughout her undergraduate career and continues to compete in national tournaments. In 1981, the international affairs major qualified for the national tennis championship held by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Hutson has been a member of the National Professional Tennis Registry for 20 years and in 2011 held a USTA national ranking in 50s doubles with Sweet Briar classmate Chris “Christy” Falcon Maasbach ’81.
Upon graduating from Sweet Briar, Hutson began her public service career working for U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed Hutson political special assistant to the U.S. ambassador in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1993 to 1998, Hutson served as the director of tours and educational programs for Historic Charleston. During this time, she was the first woman to be appointed to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Board.
Today, Hutson is the executive vice president of Land Trust Alliance. In addition to keeping up her tennis skills, she travels extensively and mentors young people on their careers.
Hutson said she was humbled by the College’s decision to induct her into its Athletics Hall of Fame.
Dow-Datilio felt the same way.
“I cannot say that I remember everything that I accomplished in my years at SBC, but I remember being very lucky that I was here and was always grateful for the encouragement, support and friendships that I took away,” Dow said when asked about her experience at Sweet Briar.
Dow-Datilio graduated in 1980 with a degree in English. She was a member of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams and also played for the Southeastern National Field Hockey and Southeastern Regional Lacrosse squads. Her national recognition as an accomplished field sport player afforded her many travel opportunities, including a trip to Denver, Colo., during her sophomore year for the AIAW/USFHA Field Hockey Championship games.
Dow-Datilio played three years under Sweet Briar field hockey and lacrosse coach Jennifer Crispen, a 2009 Hall of Fame inductee. She describes Crispin as the “classic coach who buoyed me, never giving an inch and requiring a mile” both on the field and in the classroom.
After graduation, Dow-Datilio returned to her native Philadelphia and played for the Merion Cricket Club’s field hockey team before moving to New Hampshire in 1982. While playing for the Northeast Field Hockey Association in New Hampshire, Dow competed in the national tournament.
Dow-Datilio is married, has two sons and helps run a children’s artistic gymnastics school in in North Hampton, N.H.
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