SENATE RESOLUTION 430--COMMENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THE 2006 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION DIVISION I BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 42
(Senate - April 05, 2006)

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   SENATE RESOLUTION 430--COMMENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MEN'S 
   BASKETBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THE 2006 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC 
             ASSOCIATION DIVISION I BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

  Mr. NELSON of Florida (for himself and Mr. Martinez) submitted the 
following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 430

       Whereas on Monday, April 3, 2006, the University of Florida 
     men's basketball team (referred to in this preamble as the 
     ``Florida Gators'') defeated the men's basketball team of the 
     University of California, Los Angeles, by a score of 73-57, 
     to win the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association 
     Division I Basketball Championship;
       Whereas that historic victory by the Florida Gators was a 
     product of--
       (1) an almost flawless and unselfish team performance; and
       (2) individual player excellence and versatility from 
     members of the Florida Gators;
       Whereas that victory marked the first national basketball 
     championship victory for the University of Florida, and 
     occurred 10 years after the school won the National 
     Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football 
     Championship;
       Whereas the head coach of the Florida Gators, Billy 
     Donovan, became the second youngest coach to win the national 
     championship, after leading the Florida Gators to a school-
     best, 33-6 record;
       Whereas University of Florida sophomore Joakim Noah was 
     chosen as the most outstanding player of the Final Four;
       Whereas each player, coach, trainer, and manager dedicated 
     his or her time and effort to ensuring that the Florida 
     Gators reached the pinnacle of team achievement; and
       Whereas the families of the players, students, alumni, and 
     faculty of the University of Florida, and all of the 
     supporters of the University of Florida, are to be 
     congratulated for their commitment to, and pride in, the 
     basketball program at the University of Florida; Now, 
     therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) commends the University of Florida men's basketball 
     team for winning the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic 
     Association Division I Basketball Championship;
       (2) recognizes the achievements of all of the players, 
     coaches, and support staff who were instrumental in helping 
     the University of Florida men's basketball team win the 2006 
     National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I 
     Basketball Championship, and invites those individuals to the 
     United States Capitol Building to be honored; and
       (3) respectfully requests the Enrolling Clerk of the Senate 
     to transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to--
       (A) the University of Florida for appropriate display; and
       (B) the coach of the University of Florida men's basketball 
     team, Billy Donovan.

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