The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its tenth annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony on Saturday, April 8 in the University’s Sports Center.
The Class of 2017 inductees are a distinguished group: James Elias (’76); Theresa Biggs (’13); and Keith Williams, II (’12).
The Hall of Fame ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with a social followed by a banquet and awards ceremony. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and may be purchased through the UMFK University Relations office at (207) 834-7557.
James Elias ('76)
Elias is recognized in the student-athlete category. A 1976 graduate of UMFK, Elias served his team as captain in men’s basketball and was an NAIA District 5 All-Conference selection. He won awards in men’s basketball for Most Improved, Most Valuable and was a 1,000 point scorer. Elias was a 1975-76 Northeast College Conference 1st team All-Conference selection. He served UMFK as its Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach from 1980-84. Elias was elected to the Maine State House of representatives where he served as Speaker Pro Tempore for two years.
Theresa Biggs ('13) Biggs is recognized in the student-athlete category. A 2013 graduate of UMFK and now employed in their Student Activities office, she continues to work hard to create an atmosphere of inclusion and community on campus. She led the Lady Bengals to back-to-back USCAA National Championships. Biggs was team captain for three years and was a two-time All-American selection in the NAIA and USCAA. Her team captured two NAIA Sunrise Conference titles along with four “Potato Barrel” Championships over UMPI. Biggs was selected as a two-time Sunrise All-Conference 1st team and was named to the NAIA and USCAA Academic All-American team. She has also been selected to receive UMFK’s Outstanding Future Alumni award. Biggs is very creative and will soon finish her Master of Science degree in the area of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She continues to support the university and her insight is still a valuable asset to the athletic department.
Keith Williams II ('12)
Williams is recognized in the student-athlete category. A 2012 graduate of UMFK, Williams propelled his team to three NAIA National Tournaments appearances, reaching the NAIA “Elite 8” in 2008. He was selected as a USCAA All-American 1st team and led the team to UMFK’s first National Championship. Williams was a two-time NAIA and USCAA All-American selection, along with being a three-time Sunrise Conference 1st team player. During his Bengal career, his team defended four “Potato Barrel” Championships over UMPI. He was also an active student and represented his peers in the Student Senate.
For more information, contact the University Relations office at 834-7557 or visit us at www.umfk.edu.