With more than three decades of athletic heritage, Gulliver formed the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Spearheaded by the Athletic Department and the Alumni Association, the Hall was established to permanently recognize and honor coaches, administrators, student athletes, athletic teams and friends of the athletic program of Gulliver Schools who have made significant contributions to the advancement and reputation of the athletic program while demonstrating a high degree of sportsmanship, leadership and character.
Tickets are $50 a person, and tables of 10 are available for $500. To sponsor or to order tickets, go online www.gulliverschools.org/halloffame or contact Jeri Volpe, special events coordinator, at email@example.com or 786-709-4082.
• The inductees:
Gina Derks Gardner (90) was Gullivers first female athlete to receive the Miami Herald Miami-Dade Athlete of the Year Award for excelling in swimming, track and cross-country. She competed at The University of Texas at Austin on full scholarship in cross-country and track-and-field events, winning honors in the Southwest Conference and nationally. After graduation, Gina gravitated to the world of triathlon, where strong showings at national and international events earned her a spot on the U.S. National Triathlon Team.
Jorge Dieppa for the last 25 years has brought his enthusiasm and love of athletics and education to Gulliver. Coach Dieppa served as the head coach for boys varsity soccer for 20 years, as well as the director of the soccer program for five years. He also spent numerous hours mentoring thousands of students as coach of the golf team and boys track team, specializing in the pole vault and long jump. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to athletics, he was selected as the Soccer Coach of the Year twice by The Miami Herald and inducted to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
Sylvia Fowles (04), a gold medal winner at the 2008 Olympics, is in her fourth year as a member of the Chicago Sky basketball team in the WNBA. In 2010, she was named to the WNBA First Team and was a member of the Gold medal winning USA team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. At Gulliver, she led the Raiders to the Class 3A state championship in 2004. She earned All-American honors from McDonalds and the Womens Basketball Coaches Association. Throughout her career at Louisiana State University, she helped lead the Tigers to three Southeastern Conference regular season titles (twice with perfect league records) and four NCAA Final Four appearances.
Mark Schusterman has dedicated himself for more than 30 years to the development of Gulliver athletes across the entire spectrum of high school sports. He served as the Gulliver Middle School athletic director for 13 years and as the director of athletics for Gulliver Schools the past six years. He coached cross-country, boys basketball, girls basketball, football, softball and girls volleyball. Coach Schustermans many accolades include being named National High School Coachs Association Softball Coach of the Year in 2012, National Softball Coach of the Year in 2011 by ESPN Rise, The Miami Herald Miami-Dade County Coach of the Year for Female Sports in 2001, and Florida Dairy Farmers Softball Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2012. He was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.