By Joel Delgado ’12 MS ’17
FIU softball honored former cross country and track & field standout Michael Felsberg on March 9 with the naming of Felsberg Field at the newly renovated FIU Softball Stadium.
Felsberg, who graduated from FIU in 2003, died October of 2004 while serving as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. The special field dedication took place prior to the Panthers’ conference matchup against Charlotte and featured Felsberg’s parents, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“What brings us together is the celebration of life – the life of a young man who loved country, who was a patriot, who was a loving son, who was a great student-athlete and who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom,” said President Mark B. Rosenberg at the dedication.
Felsberg graduated FIU with a 3.9 GPA, earning the Athletics President’s Award as the athlete with the highest GPA and was a three-time winner of the Athletic Spirit Award, which is now named after him. As a senior, Felsberg earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships.